WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their fallback tax bill from the floor Thursday night, conceding that they did not have the votes to pass it. “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Speaker John A. Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.” The decision was a major setback for the speaker, who was pushing his so-called Plan B to
When I called my congressman´s office this afternoon, the man I talked to sounded very happy that I asked for a no vote on Plan B. That pleases me because I wasn´t sure of how the congressman would vote.
1) Extend tax cuts. 2) Go home. 3) If Senate fails to pass, or Obama vetoes, say to voters, ´´We passed a bill to cut your taxes. The Senate/President wouldn´t let it take effect. Go talk to them, not to us.´´
I don´t think this is going to play out the way they are hoping. Everyone´s taxes will go up, then obama will present a bill to lower middle class taxes. Boehner did everything he could to avoid that. Unfortunately, many in the center will be convinced that the Republicans really are the party that caters to the rich, and we may lose again in 2014 and 2016 as a result.
The House GOP voted earlier this year to extend the bush tax cuts. It is waiting for action on Harry Reid´s desk. They also approved an alternate method of cuts vs. sequestration. All of this has been waiting on action in the Senate. The ball is in the Dems court and has been for many months. Boehner´s plan B was a sellout, it had no spending cuts. Sometimes the hard thing has to be done to get this country back on track. I hope we get a new Speaker and other House leadership. They are all spineless, weak occupants of Congress.
i like it.......they are doing what they were elected to do..NOT RAISE TAXES...let jug ears eat it along with harry reid who wont allow a vote on anything...wont pass a budget yet he never gets a word of criticism.........lets make paul ryan speaker while we´re mixing it up.....i dont dislike john but paul would be great.....
Boehner gets to shrug his shoulders, hold his palms up, and say his hands are tied. Weakness can be a good negotiating position. Tax bills come out of the Ways & Means Committee. Spending bills have to originate in the House (Harry Reid notwithstanding). The GOP will get blamed regardless of what happens. It´s better to die standing than on your knees. Take the cliff, and just keep sending the Senate the same bill over and over until they pass it. And each time, give them a little less.
Republicans are in a hell of a position- lose-lose-lose! With a band of idiots making up the electorate, this nation is now quite literally, the proverbial ´toast´. It ended with the intellectual take over of the school system back in the 60´s- we just did not know it. Better save up some soup, it´s going to be a very harsh fall to the bottom.
It just amazes me how the party that hates tax cuts is using them as a political wedge on the republicans.If the GOP caves on raising taxes,one way or the other,they´ll get blamed for a recession,that´s coming anyway,primarily because Obamacares hidden taxes and premium increases starting already.
The left doesn´t want Boehner to take the rap but intransigent tea party members.
Obama´s network of spies and dirt diggers probably have something on Boener anyway to play just in case.
I get the feeling house members dislike Boehner....secret meetings, removing tea party members from committees, acting like a rino.... well well well the tea party members stopped this vote, next election there will be more members in the house pushing out the rinos. Boehner forgets the tea party is what made him leader. The only difference in Pelosi & Boehner is the tan ... both phony.
The House Judiciary Committee has begun looking at reports that Mexican drug cartel members are abusing the U.S. asylum system to bypass regular immigration checks and get into the country, where some are setting up smuggling operations and others engage in the same violent feuds that caused them to flee Mexico in the first place. In one instance, a woman made a claim of asylum and three months later was apprehended at a Border Patrol checkpoint with more than $1 million in cocaine, according to a memo obtained by the committee that says criminal gangs are exploiting holes in the asylum
On November 22, 1963, two other notable men died, and got relegated to the foot of page 37 – the British authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Lewis endures because of the “Narnia” books (and films), but there’s a lot more in the back of his wardrobe. In his book “The Abolition of Man,” he writes of “men without chests” – the chest being “the indispensable liaison” between the head and the gut, between “cerebral man” and “visceral man.” In the chest beat what Lewis calls “the trained emotions.” Without them there is no honor or virtue, but only “intellect”
RUSH: Did you happen to hear what Mitch McConnell said the Republicans would do if they win the Senate back? They´ll fix this nuclear option business and they´ll take the rules back to the way they were before Harry Reid changed ´em yesterday. So the Democrats essentially go nuclear, they give themselves a nuclear weapon, and we promise to get rid of it if we ever get hold of it, and we´re not even gonna impose sanctions on ´em. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, the nuclear option. The Politico has a report today, and let me quote: "McConnell quickly noted that Republicans could
Down go the temperatures, and away go the bureaucrats to the Caribbean, nonetheless. A group of federal officials skipped chilly Washington this month for a taxpayer-funded trip to the Virgin Islands in the name of protecting the world’s coral reef. The organizer, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, isn’t saying much about the total cost or reasons for the trip or why officials chose the St. Croix beachfront resort Buccaneer Hotel (made famous by an episode of TV’s “The Bachelor”) as their destination. But life couldn’t have been too bad for the G-men and G-women at the swanky resort, which is surrounded by
RUSH: I want to tell you something else. This is going to incur the wrath of several of my friends who are gonna accuse me of having my head in the sand. All I can do is share with you what´s in my heart. This stuff that the Democrats are pulling here, all of it, the filibuster, Obamacare, all of this stuff, I have to tell you, I´m an optimistic person and I have faith, and I may even be a little Pollyannish at times, and I understand that you have to make things happen. You just can´t sit around
RUSH: A couple of things here on this nuclear option. There might be some confusion. Right now the nuclear option does not do away with the filibuster on legislation, just judicial nominees, cabinet appointees, and the like. There is still a 60-vote requirement for legislation essentially to pass. Now, the way it works, they come up with a bill and they start debating it. Sixty votes are needed to stop the debate and move to a final vote. And that vote to stop debate is called cloture. That is unchanged and that remains a weapon in the Republican arsenal if
RUSH: So here we are, the actual 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, and the Drive-Bys are in full anniversary mode today for a host of reasons. I´ll tell you, no matter where you look, the focus is on how racist and bigoted and extremist Dallas was and now today they´re even adding the whole South into the mixture, which everybody knows was the case back then, but they´re linking it to the assassination of Kennedy. This is what the left has done since he was assassinated. They´ve erased from their and everybody else´s memory that a communist was
The real question isn´t why Harry Reid and his Senate Democrats went "nuclear" yesterday but what took them so long. By a 52-48 vote, along party lines apart from three Democratic "nays," the Senate effectively abolished the filibuster for executive-branch and judicial nominees (except for the Supreme Court). Henceforth it will take only a simple majority, not a three-fifths supermajority, to bring such nominations to the floor for an actual vote, so that a minority of senators will no longer be able to block a nominee´s confirmation. There´s been talk of the majority´s exercising the "nuclear option" for years. In 2005
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Joining the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle on Friday, legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw previewed a special on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination that will air on MSNBC that night. Recounting his experiences from that day, he said that the reaction to JFK’s assassination, “mostly in conservative states,” was encapsulated by his interaction with one man who expressed satisfaction over the president’s killing. “This was unusual but it was not unheard of,” Brokaw told the MSNBC hosts, prefacing a conservative’s reaction to JFK’s killing. “As I came running out of the announce booth, the chief engineer,
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President Obama said Friday he does not worry much about his safety because of the “outstanding” Secret Service detail that shadows him everywhere he goes. Obama said the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago transformed the presidential security detail to a point where he hardly thinks about safety. "It´s not something I think about, mainly because we have a Secret Service that does an outstanding job every single day," Obama told ABC News in an interview set to air next week. For example, the open-air car Kennedy was riding in while shot in Dallas in 1963
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