Dems Balk at Boehner's 'Plan B'
It would see taxes go up for millionaires only
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2012 1:33 PM CST
John Boehner speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations with President Obama following a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol Tuesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – John Boehner announced his "Plan B" to avert the fiscal cliff today—it would see taxes go up, but only for those making more than $1 million per year—but Democrats were quick to reject it. Both President Obama and Harry Reid said the approach won't protect middle-class families because it can't pass the Senate, Roll Call reports. Obama "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," said press secretary Jay Carney in a statement, adding that the president is "hopeful" a bipartisan solution will be reached.

Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, said he'll also push for House Democrats to vote against the legislation—even though it's similar to a Nancy Pelosi proposal from May. (That was just a "political ploy," Hoyer explains, apparently meant to put Republicans in a tough position.) Boehner's plan is a similar ploy, Politico reports: If the country goes off the cliff and taxes are raised on everyone, Republicans can say they tried to raise rates on the wealthiest only. Democrats want rates increased for everyone making more than $250,000, but Obama's latest proposal allowed an increase in that number to $400,000. Both Politico and the Washington Post report that progress has been made in recent days, but Boehner introducing this plan signals that he and Obama are currently at an impasse. House Republicans could make a move on "Plan B" by the end of the week.

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Dec 20, 2012 5:19 AM CST
Plan C; Vote every Republican out of govt. Then we'll get a rational approach to fiscal responsibility.
Dec 18, 2012 10:29 PM CST
This is such bull. Just look at that photo of Boehner and ask if that man could pass a lie-detector test. This is nothing but posturing, brinksmanship, and every other game these Washingtonians have devised to -- THEY THINK -- pull the wool over the eyes of the American public. We are NOT stupid (well, lots of us aren't). We will NOT go for warm and fuzzy cushioning for the wealthy while old people choose between food, heat, and medicine. We have seen with our own eyes that these wealthy folks are NOT job-creators but rather are cash-hoarders who refuse to pay a living wage to those they employ. We are aware that this completely tilted playing field has been created by decades-old legislation favoring the "already haves" over the "striving masses." We know that our Land of Opportunity has been perverted into Opportunity For Sale To The Highest Bidder. Them that gots is them that gets. This country was supposed to be better than that. If Boehner and his arrogant constituency prevail, we will revert to a pre-Colonial aristocracy; we should have stayed in England. We have lost our way.
Dec 18, 2012 7:29 PM CST
Boner is a serious twunt.