Boehner to Senate: You Figure It Out
Plunging over the cliff looks increasingly likely
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2012 7:40 AM CST
John Boehner and Eric Cantor speak to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Legislators in Washington don't look terribly motivated to avoid fiscal calamity. There were precious few signs of progress in fiscal cliff negotiations yesterday, with both sides mainly making political statements blaming each other. Here's the latest:

  • John Boehner, unable to pass even his own "Plan B," is now calling on the Senate to solve the problem. "The House will take action on whatever the Senate can pass, but the Senate first must act," he said, according to the New York Times.
  • But Harry Reid points out that the Senate has already passed a bill that would prevent tax increases on all households making less than $250,000. "The Senate has already rejected House Republicans' Tea Party bills," he said, calling on Republicans to "drop their knee-jerk obstruction."

  • Boehner hasn't called House members back to Washington yet, so though a session is scheduled for 2pm, it'll likely recess immediately. Senators are set to return this evening, but will have no proposal to consider.
  • No Senate deal can pass without Mitch McConnell's approval, but a spokesman says neither Reid nor President Obama has reached out to him. The LA Times reports that McConnell helped devise Boehner's Plan B, but with re-election looming, McConnell is reluctant to get involved. "I cannot emphasize how little a constructive role he will play," says one Democratic strategist.
  • Aides in both parties tell the Washington Post that the most logical step would be for Harry Reid to amend the House bill to let taxes rise for the wealthy and to extend unemployment benefits—without addressing the debt ceiling or making major spending cuts.
  • President Obama will be back in Washington by noon, after a Hawaiian holiday vacation, according to the Hill. His aides have been in contact with Harry Reid's office in recent days, but their conversations haven't included Republicans, the AP reports.
  • Democrats increasingly believe Republicans will wait to act until after Boehner is re-elected speaker on Jan. 3. "I think there's some chance that we get a deal done in the early weeks of January," one representative said yesterday, "which technically means you're going over the cliff."

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Dec 29, 2012 1:09 PM CST
John Boehner Re-Elected... WHY? He hasn't done his JOB for The People of this country nor any other Elected Job. Apply this term before any vote.... More of the Same!
Dec 29, 2012 1:08 PM CST
John Boehner wants to save face! So, Now we'll call this the "John Boehner Cliff" We are the same type people that drafted the Constitution over 2 hundred years ago. and Petitions are a Mighty Tool.. I say they are more of us to represent ourselves than that of the Congress that sets on their asses and do nothing more than let decade after decade pass without them doing their jobs. Enough is Enough. We are the People, We can Petition the changes needed, just like during the Birth of this country.. Petition to Change our government to work as it should. Petition people out that don't work the way the Congress should. These are the changes that are needed! I Believe Pres Obama Was the one that gave us all the direction to go ahead to Petition until we have the government we need for the next 2 hundred years!!!!!!!! CHANGE !!!!!!!!!!!! How many years should it take our Congress to realize they need to start fixing instead of waiting for the last minute to arrive on the jobs they should be doing. Oh, that's right they just set on their asses and do nothing like Rep. Billy Long of MO. Stated on a News cast, "He's doing Nothing!!" These are the one's that need Petitioned out on the Streets with no Benefits at all.
Dec 28, 2012 10:16 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: American people lean on the Obama's non-sense too much, those who re-elected him should put this lame-duck and his Obama's veto threat aside, and put this nation in array again to avoid the Fiscal Cliff happened. If House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER's "Plan B" can avoid so many US$250,000 clinics jobs lost and/or will get lost, that will save so many middle-size business and small-town industries nationwide.