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Boehner pulls budget vote after GOP threatens revolt

Published: Thu, December 20, 2012 @ 10:16 p.m.


Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly scrapped a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into recession.

The legislation "did not have sufficient support from our members to pass," Speaker John Boehner conceded in a brief statement. At the same time he challenged President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to work on legislation to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts due to take effect in less than two weeks.

"The Senate must now act," said the Ohio Republican, who has noted recently that he has taken risks in supporting higher tax revenues during several weeks of fruitless negotiations on the fiscal cliff.

In a statement released a short while later, the White House said the president's "main priority is to ensure that taxes don't go up on 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses in just a few short days. The president will work with Congress to get this done and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan solution quickly that protects the middle class and our economy."

Reid's office sounded a more combative note. "The only way to avoid the cliff altogether is for Speaker Boehner to return to negotiations and work with President Obama and the Senate to forge a bipartisan deal," spokesman Adam Jentleson said.

Earlier, emerging from a hurriedly-called evening meeting of House Republicans, Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette said Boehner had told lawmakers he's "going to call the president and he's going to go down and talk to him and maybe they can hammer something out."


1Ytownnative(1118 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Why didn't we start this months ago?

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2dearthquake(9 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Sell, sell, sell!!!!!

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3NoBS(2389 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Both sides need to be fired for incompetence and gross negligence of duty. Anybody who votes to reelect even one of these "party before country" do-nothings needs their head examined.

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4iBuck(231 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm miffed at former speaker Boehner for having agreed to the "sequenstration" deal.

The annual deficit is running about $1.3 trillion, but it includes only $0.13 trillion in annual over-spending cuts. They need to cut spending by $1.3 trillion per year,

starting with pay for congress-critters, president and his staffers, judges and their staffers, ObummerDoesn'tCare, Medicare, Medicaid, the Socialist Insecurity Abomination, CPB/PBS, national endowments for the so-called arts and humanities, Depts. of Educationism, Energy, HUD (and DHS since they openly and adamantly refuse to do their jobs).

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5timOthy(802 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Like a spoiled kid that didn't get to play ball when it was his ball that was being used.


This is all spin so they CONGRESS can feel like they are sooooo important.ONE QUESTION . WHY HASN'T CONGRESS TAKEN A CUTS IN PENSION ,MEDICAL, VACATION, TRAVEL ALLOWANCES, AND GOLDEN BENFITS ?? Answe 2 classes of people in this useah Counrty .

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6papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

this is a lose-lose proposition for the repubs and especially boehner who's more worried about being re-elected speaker on jan 3. obama has gone more than halfway to try to compromise. he even put social security on the table. boehner wants a deal very badly but the teabaggers on the extreme right will not vote for anything obama wants. r-a-c-i-s-m should be their call letters. not all repubs are bad, just enough to drag the country down and thank God many will be gone in jan. until then, they're trying to do as much damage as possible.

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7JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

> > ..... Speaker Boehner to return to negotiations and work with President Obama and the Senate to forge a bipartisan deal < <

He has tried to do that but the new Socialist Order is preventing any progress.

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8IslandMike(764 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The GUN loving Tea Party. Now they want to put off duty Police Officers in all our schools. I figure that will cost us an additional $58+ BILLION dollars a year. ($35 per/hr per officer when you add their rate + liability insurance x 7 hours a day x 180 school days x 132,656 schools) Don't they stand for smaller government and less taxes? I guess the NRA will pay it. LOL.

In the mean time, they'll just shut down the country and send us into another recession.

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