John Boehner

Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’ 
fails to win
 over GOP

by Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times  |  published on December 21, 2012

House Republicans’ “Plan B” to avert the “fiscal cliff” came crashing down Thursday night after party leaders realized they didn’t have the votes to pass it, and pulled it from the floor — leaving the country poised on the edge of massive tax increases and spending cuts.

House lawmakers are now headed home for Christmas, though they vowed to return if there is any progress on talks.

But the collapse is a serious blow to House Speaker John A. Boehner, who had hoped to gain leverage in his negotiations with President Obama, and it signals that conservative Republicans are unwilling to stomach any rise in marginal income-tax rates — even on those making more than $1 million, which was Mr. Boehner’s plan.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat] on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.”

But the White House signaled a willingness to move forward together after Mr. Boehner’s failure.

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