House GOP: We're Going Over the 'Cliff'
Republicans say they'll vote on other bills tonight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to a closed-door GOP caucus in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.    (J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – An agreement to avoid the sharp tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff won't be reached before the midnight deadline, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives said today; however, the Senate continued talks to reach a deal. House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote this evening on other bills. They said that will be their only votes of the day. Congress could pass later legislation retroactively blocking the tax hikes and spending cuts.

Earlier President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said they were near a deal to avoid wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts—the fiscal cliff—that take effect with the new year. Both men said they were still bargaining over whether, and how, to avoid $109 billion in cuts to defense and domestic programs that take effect on Wednesday. See more at the AP.

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Dec 31, 2012 8:45 PM CST
The Tea-Hadists torpedoed boner. Of course he could have taken the sane 60-75 sane members of the GOP caucus and forged a deal with the house Democrats but that would mean he'd lose his job as speaker in the new congress. Congratulations GOP, what little leverage you had you threw away...and all for nothing because your hand gets considerably worse once we cross the threshold.
Dec 31, 2012 7:55 PM CST
stupid is as stupid does
Dec 31, 2012 7:43 PM CST
Why have we allowed these fu%king guys to stay in office so long? They're a bunch of old geezers who have no grasp of reality, and we pay the price of their stupid childish games. The Republicans are the worst of the bunch, and after what they've done, and continue to do, to the middle class in this country should make it clear to EVERYONE that they have to be voted out of office ASAP.