House Speaker John Boehner's proposal to avert the looming fiscal cliff's automatic tax increases has failed to get enough Republican support, throwing yet another monkey wrench into the contentious debate.
Boehner said earlier Thursday that he was confident that his so-called Plan B -- which would extend tax cuts that are set to expire at year's end for most people while allowing rates to increase to 1990s levels on income over $1 million -- would pass the House, and in the process put pressure on President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate. But that gambit seemed in doubt Thursday, as Republican leaders struggled to get all their members to sign on, knowing the chamber's Democrats oppose it.
GOP leaders could be seen working the House floor earlier Thursday, trying to convince their party colleagues. Sen. Rob Portman was one of them, telling reporters that he and other Republican senators had been asked to come over and make their pitch.
Around 8 p.m., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the measure would not go up for a vote as planned. His office later said legislative business was finished for the week and could return to work after Christmas if needed.
"The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass," Boehner said in a statement. "Now it is up to the president to work with Senator (Harry) Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff."
Democratic leaders already had signaled they oppose the so-called Plan B.So what does that show? Obama and "Dingy" Harry Reid were full of it when they said they wanted to raise taxes on "the top one percent." They wanted taxes to go up on everyone. The GOP is too scared of their own shadow to even put this message forward. It should be repeated from every hill, this is the Obama/Reid tax increase.
I like the idea William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection put forward, The Christmas Plan. He mentioned it again tonight.
I say call his bluff. If a deal which tackles deficits from both revenue and spending can be reached this month, great.
If not, pass a 90 day extension of current tax rates and whatever else is needed to postpone the “cliff,” and go home for Christmas to give time for a Grand Bargain which puts Democratic sacred cows on the table.
Let Harry Reid refuse to bring it to a vote, and Obama refuse to sign it. Their inaction will be the reason for taxes rising for everyone.I also like what I heard Mark Levin mention, something along the lines of keeping the tax rate the same for the top brackets, and then cutting the lower brackets from what they are now, so they are getting more of a real tax cut.
But looks like none of that's going to happen now, because Boehner the Wimp is going to cry into his spiked Egg Nog.
Bottom line, the House Leadership needs to be challenged. Boenher and Eric Cantor need to go. We need to have conservative leadership that is principled, feistier than Nancy Bella-Pelosi, and also great at messaging to where they go over the Obama Lapdog Media and engage the nation.
We don't have that in our current RINO leadership.