Political Headlines December 20, 2012: Speaker John Boehner Cancels House Vote on Plan B Option as Fiscal Cliff Talks Fall into Disarray

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Boehner Pulls Plan B Option as Fiscal Cliff Talks Fall into Disarray

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-21-12

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In a surprise development late Thursday night, House Speaker John Boehner pulled his so-called “Plan B option” — an extension of current tax rates for Americans making up to $1 million a year — from the House floor, admitting that it did not have the support necessary to pass and leaving a resolution to the fiscal cliff in question.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass. Now it is up to the president to work with [Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff,” Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in a statement. “The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the Jan. 1 tax rate increases and replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts that will begin to address our nation’s crippling debt. The Senate must now act.”…READ MORE

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Political Headlines December 20, 2012: Speaker John Boehner on Fiscal Cliff Impasse: ‘I Did My Part, They’ve Done Nothing’

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Boehner on Fiscal Cliff Impasse: ‘I Did My Part, They’ve Done Nothing’

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-20-12

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While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the House’s Plan B option on the fiscal cliff is dead-on-arrival in the upper chamber, House Speaker John Boehner said he is “not convinced at all that when the bill passes the House today that it will die in the Senate.”

“Rather than tell us what they can’t do, maybe they should tell us what they can do,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “If Senate Democrats and the White House refuse to act, they’ll be responsible for the largest tax hike in American history.”

The speaker also called on Reid “to make sure that we have a vote” to address the fiscal cliff “before the Senate adjourns.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines December 20, 2012: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Confident in Fiscal Cliff Plan B’s Passage as House Readies Vote

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Cantor Confident in Plan B’s Passage as House Readies Vote

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-20-12

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Republicans will move forward with a vote Thursday evening to pass Speaker of the House John Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” option — a permanent extension of the current tax rates for taxpayers making up to $1 million, while also replacing the first year of cuts in the sequester set to take effect on Jan. 2.

While Republicans voted months ago to replace the sequester and extend all of the current tax rates, Cantor, R-Va., said the votes Thursday will show Republicans are “taking concrete action to avoid the fiscal cliff.”

“Our members understand that the nation faces the largest tax increase in its history come January 1, 2013,” he said. “We protect 99.81 percent of American taxpayers from a tax increase in these very difficult economic times. We hope that the Senate will take this bill up along with the Spending Reduction Act and get the job done in lieu of or absent any kind of agreement coming from the White House.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines December 19, 2012: Speaker John Boehner: House of Representatives Moving Forward on Fiscal Cliff’s Plan B

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Boehner: House Moving Forward on Plan B

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-19-12

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House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday afternoon that the House will move forward on his Plan B option to make the current tax rates permanent for people earning less than $1 million a year.

“Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American — 99.81 percent of the American people. Then the president will have a decision to make,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “He can call on Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he could be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 18, 2012: Speaker John Boehner Suggests ‘Plan B’ to Avert Fiscal Cliff to House Republicans

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Boehner Suggests ‘Plan B’ to House Republicans

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-18-12

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House Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans Tuesday morning that even as he tries to strike a deal with the president to avert the fiscal cliff, he is also moving on a Plan B.

Boehner’s Plan B is essentially what ABC reported as the “Doomsday Plan” a couple weeks ago — the House would pass an extension of the Bush Tax cuts for everybody except the very rich.  In this case, Boehner’s proposal would allow the tax cuts to expire on everybody making more than $1 million. The White House would get nothing else — no debt ceiling increase, no unemployment extension.

This does not mean that Boehner is breaking off talks with Obama on a larger deal, but it is a fallback plan and a way to put some added pressure on the White House as Boehner seeks more concessions from Democrats on taxes and spending….READ MORE

White House press secretary Jay Carney released the following statement:

The President has put a balanced, reasonable proposal on the table that achieves significant deficit reduction and reflects real compromise by meeting the Republicans halfway on revenue and more than halfway on spending from where each side started.  That is the essence of compromise.  The parameters of a deal are clear, and the President is willing to continue to work with Republicans to reach a bipartisan solution that averts the fiscal cliff, protects the middle class, helps the economy, and puts our nation on a fiscally sustainable path.  But he is not willing to accept a deal that doesn’t ask enough of the very wealthiest in taxes and instead shifts the burden to the middle class and seniors.  The Speaker’s “Plan B” approach doesn’t meet this test because it can’t pass the Senate and therefore will not protect middle class families, and does little to address our fiscal challenges with zero spending cuts. The President is hopeful that both sides can work out remaining differences and reach a solution so we don’t miss the opportunity in front of us today.

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