Boehner fails to find enough support for ‘Plan B’, House in recess until after Christmas

This is excellent news! In short, Boehner couldn’t twist enough arms to get a successful vote on his millionaires tax increase:

NBC NEWS – Lacking enough support to pass a backup proposal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” House Republican leaders on Thursday night pulled from the floor a vote on ‘Plan B’ legislation that would have preserved Bush-era tax rates for all earners making less than $1 million but raised rates on the country’s top earners.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 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.”

Boehner and other GOP leaders had firmly indicated earlier Thursday that they had sufficient support to pass the Plan B legislation, along with another package of spending cuts. “We’re going to have the votes to pass both the permanent tax relief bill as well as the spending reduction bill,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters at a press conference at the Capitol.”

But a breakdown became evident after the GOP-dominated House only narrowly passed the package of spending reductions, which was intended to replace automatic defense cuts, or “sequestration.” That measure, meant to encourage possible conservative dissenters to support the tax proposal, squeaked to victory by a margin of 215-209, with twenty-one Republicans voting against the bill.

The House then immediately went into an unexpected recess, with members huddled behind closed doors before announcing the end of votes for the evening.


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  • Joe

    You sir – are a WASTE of SKIN

    Too bad Lt. Col. West can’t take your place

    • Orangeone

      He can as Speaker of the House but not as voting Congressional member.

      • Joe

        Yes – You are correct

        BUT has that ever happened? – Is there hope?

        • Orangeone

          I’m not sure if it has happened, just remember Mark Levin talking about it.  Is there hope?  I think there are plenty of ticked off members of the House. Whether they would go for West is unknown. I kinda like West on the outside quarterbacking 🙂 It also gives him time for the 2016 Presidential election he is going to win.

          • mike3e4r7

            There is still hope to oust Boehner. Mark Levin linked to an article the other day which details how, when the new House convenes in January, Boehner could still be removed if 16 Republican Congressmen were to vote “present” instead of for Boehner. If that were to happen, and no Democrats voted for Boehner, the GOP would then go back into conference to nominate a new candidate. Something like that would definitely have to be well coordinated for it to be pulled off, but it in theory is still possible.

    • goldenprez

      Joe … Lt. Col. West voted with the “leadership” 80% of the time.

      I suggest you check his voting record. He talked a great game, but when push came to shove, he was one of those who got shoved.

      I assure you, based upon his voting record, Mr. West would not have been one of the 21 who voted against this bill.

      If you keep accepting these guys at face value, you will continue to be disappointed.

      Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

      Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

      Illegitimi non carborundum.

      Barracudas Maximus.

      • Joe

        I do take people at face value – A fault of mine

        BUT anybody but Boehner

        I hope he’s history

    • Why NOT?

      The Constitution is clear, that “The Speaker of The House” does NOT have to be a present member of Congress!!!! U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2, last paragraph reads:
      “The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.”

      No mention of qualifications, no mention of “present House seat”, nothing!

  • Orangeone

    Oh great, here come the recess appointments. Barky was waiting for this. Rice with be SOS, Barky will EO and eliminate our 2nd Amendment and EO to make comments against Islam punishable by death (okay I’m done venting now). Mr. Boehner, please do not return, your SOH post can be immediately filled by Michele Bachmann.

    • objective123

      I hope he tries especially with all these resignations. I want to see if Rice can withstand the movement out. He can sign a law, but we don’t have to follow, it is called CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      Eliminating the 2nd Amendment would push things to end game time nicely.

      • Orangeone

        Kind sir, might you be on Twitter?  If so, I have a few connection suggestions for you to follow, including some great Scoopers!

        • PatrickHenrysBody

          Thank you Orangeone, but I don’t have a Twitter account anymore. I doubt I’ll use Twitter again any time soon.

          • Orangeone

            If you change your mind, Wolfie, ABinC, Kong, colliemum and others are on, and Scoop of course 🙂

            • PatrickHenrysBody

              Thank you, Orangeone. 🙂

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    Merry Christmas to all…….especially all those conservatives who lost their committee jobs at the hands of John and the GOPe.

  • brendawatkins

    Great news! I hope Boehner sees now that his intimidation tactics aren’t gonna work!

    • marketcomp

      Even more importantly Boehner oversaw this hideous sequestration and tax increase debacle and now he is trying to cover his a$$ and the suck-ups like Cantor and McCarthy! I wish we could eliminate all who support this non-ideological republican. Boehner gives republicans a bad name. He is so incapable that he started negoiating with himself before he even negoiated with the democrats and Obama. And why are the negoitations done in secret? These negoiations need to be open and maybe he can get input from and suggestions from others. BAD BAD LEADERSHIP!

      • proudhispanicconservative

        I remember him like in an auction bidding against himself, without another offer from other bidders. LMAO

  • They didn’t want to go home for Christmas with their voters pissed at them.

    • FreeManWalking

      They might find a stinky sack gift on fire outside their front door.

  • Well, John Boehner, lose some, lose some. Actually, I think it’s great news. The Democrats and Obama SIGNED this deal back in 2011, now they can live with it AND its results. Let them take the heat for once. If America voted for a European-style government last November, then they can start paying European-style taxes to help pay for it. Let them see how it feels when it starts hitting them in the pocket. Then maybe next time they will vote for a conservative or someone who actually wants to REDUCE the size of government.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      1000 likes for you.

    • keyesforpres

      Yeah, all that free s*** Obama’s gonna give ’em is really expensive!

  • M_J_S


    PLAN B: See Plan A!

  • white531

    Good! I could be a lot more specific, but why waste words?

  • LOOK, the passed the important legislation today, putting off the sequestration, that could cost one million jobs in the defense industry, it’s up to harry reid now

  • deTocqueville1

    Thank goodness and of course Levin, Palin and those courageous conservatives who have opposed this from day one. The GOP leadership is an utter disaster and needs to exit now!

  • proudhispanicconservative

    My love for Mark Levin grows every day as I listen to him and learn from him, and learn to appreciate this country more and more every day. Folks make no mistake this all happened because of the continuing uproar that mark has voiced has started on his radio show, and believe me folks, he and us were heard today. I hope that this is a signal that when the vote for speaker of the house in January comes, my hope is that they don’t have the votes either to reelect Boehner again.

    • marketcomp

      Good point! But I do wonder if there are less Conservative Republicans in the house which could be why Boehner tabled the vote.

  • FreeManWalking

    Did he curl up in the fetal position and start Bawling, or just shed some tears?

    Three not so wise men, 0bama, 0biden, and 0bainer; Does EVIL, Talks Evil, and just a STUPID GOPer.

  • sjmom

    Looks like the country is now hanging over the cliff with only one hand. I fully expect Boehner to lose the speakership in January. Just hope we can get a conservative with more chutzpah then Boehner.

  • Boehner is almost as big a farce as Pelosi. It would be nice if the GOP could, you know, elect a real conservative as Speaker. So sick of these RINO’s

  • demographicallychallenged

    That’s odd GM,big banks and wall street were too big to fail but the American Citizens can go over the cliff? The Supreme court was right $$$ are speech!

    • Orangeone

      And the taxpayers took an $18 billion loss on the GM stock but that’s okay, the union pensions are now fully funded.

      • SineWaveII

        GM will be bankrupt again in three years, with no bailout this time. The GM brands will be the property of other car companies by 2018.

  • conservativenews

    That is excellent news! If we are lucky enough, we will get rid of the orange guy in January.

    • Orangeone

      That’s just a wee bit close to my handle. Might we try the rust-colored guy?

  • Sober_Thinking

    God is good!!!

  • repubboy

    Well the house will adjourn in the last session for 2012.. The Dem’s will make all kinds of noise saying how the republicans have been obstructionist, The Republicans will still take the blame on the Fiscal Cliff debacle, John Boehner (Maybe ???) will still be the speaker of the House and the only thing that has changed is that We all will become slaves to this government and to the boy king that runs this chicken coup of a country.
    Merry Christmas all.. it will probably be the last merry one for a while..hurry up 2016

    • c4pfan

      So, the GOP should raise taxes and lie and say they aren’t AND then think Obama still wouldn’t reject it?! Get real!

    • SineWaveII

      2014 is going to be the year it starts to turn around, wait and see.

      • badbadlibs

        I kept hearing things like that during the election campaigns. Not to be totally doubtful, but I think that’s wishful thinking. 🙁

        • SineWaveII

          I can back it up. 2014 is going to be different for one simple reason. Obamacare goes fully into effect in January 2014. The election will come after it’s been in effect for 11 months. All the repubs will have to do is promise to repeal it. Trust me on this.

          • badbadlibs

            I kept hearing the “trust me on this” too. But, I’d rather trust a fellow conservative then anyone else on the planet. We shall see. I truly hope you’re right.

            • SineWaveII

              Me too. But I’m pretty sure that I am. I’m basing it on years of studying the global economy and it’s the global economy that’s the key here.

  • c4pfan

    Dang, I didn’t think the GOP would have the guts to go against Bohner! You know it was bad when even Hugh Hewitt was against the plan!

  • Landscaper

    Johnny, work on your tan, we can wait.

  • As a side note: REALLY glad I scrimped on Christmas spending this year….

  • Linky1

    As ‘Tard, the Grumpy Cat would say: “Good.”

  • BHliberty

    I’m thrilled about this in that conservatism prevailed tonight! This was a protracted process that ended up creating more of a circus than it should have. Needless to say, Speaker Boehner lost a battle within his own party and it will be interesting to see if he can retain his speakership during the 113th session.

    • SineWaveII

      That’s true, but who should be speaker of the house I wonder?

  • tshtsh

    Turn about is fair play wasn’t he the guy that was making plans (A,B,C..Z) with the senate demons even though Paul Ryan’s plan had been accepted by the house. The conservatives need to practice a little taqiyya long enough to get leadership committee positions.

  • joyfulgiver

    I called my congressman today and left a message that the last thing he did while in office should be to make sure that tax rates DO NOT go up, on any one, PERIOD. I also told his VM that should he have the opportunity to deny the SOH a vote, then by all means, do it. Boehner doesn’t deserve to represent WE THE PEOPLE!

    • SineWaveII

      I kind of agree with you but you are missing an important point. That is the people in the country voted for this, they should have to experience it and be made to pay for it. It’s really the only hope we have left, that people will wake up if re-connect the cost of big government with the people who vote for it.

    • jaybenson

      Unfortunately the people will continue to vote for Obama and the Democrats. Why? Well, 47% are receivers and 5% are Union and Democrat elites who benefit from the Big Government waste. They’ll suck every drop of blood/money out of the system and leave it for dead.

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    Excuse me while I act surprised. Okay I’m done.

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    All I can see being pushed over the “fiscal cliff” are the dear members of our military. They will suffer the most. That’s alright Zero, most of our servicemen and women love you too *cough* *cough*.

    • badbadlibs

      It effects these fine men and women and countless others as well.
      Bremerton, Wa. will take a hit with the ship yards, not to mention the defense contracts of Boeing…the people in D.C. should be tar and feathered. Every. Last. One.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Agreed, my friend! So very sad to have to be subject to a president and a regime that not only hates the military but who also hates America.

      • SineWaveII

        Amen we need to bring back that fine tradition, along with another one; running them out of town on a rail.

        • badbadlibs

          Truly. When I think of the men and women who are ruling/ruining our lives in D.C. I get sick.

    • Orangeone

      The House passed the sequestration bill, it’s sitting with Dingy Harry. The GOP needs to drive the nail in Harry’s coffin daily reminding Americans that taxes will go up because of the Senate!

      • badbadlibs

        It will, without an ounce of doubt, be because of the Senate. It’s just too bad that it’s pretty much the Scoopers and some others who think like us, who understand that little tidbit of info.
        The media will shove it down the throats of their listeners that it was the republicans fault. And the saddest and most infuriating part it, the masses will believe them!

        • Orangeone

          It’s all over Twitter too! The Dems no longer own social media.  There are many, many calls for Boehner to be out as SOH too.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        When I used to watch Fox News, this focus group with Nevada voters on the Hannity segment was most telling:

        The one lady who was afraid the Senate would lose experience if Reid were not voted back into office was a prime example of the mentality of many uninformed, mind-numbed voters. How is Nevada doing today? They got and continue to get what they vote for. Ditto to the re-election of Zero.

        • Orangeone

          I’m beginning to think we need an intelligence test for people to remain in the US. I know we need one before someone can vote as well as before they conceive (father) a child.

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            Agreed! That would eliminate most of the Democraps’ voting base, though. 😀

        • badbadlibs

          Women like that are just mind boggling. There are entirely too many of them. I wish I was wrong, I wish there was a snowball’s chance conservatism would rule the day again, but I truly believe those days are long gone.
          bo got re-elected. Just think about that. With the record of the worst performance in U.S. history, with more things going wrong, more lies told, not one single promise kept, the first down grading of U.S. credit, record high unemployment, record crime…etc., etc., the man got re-elected. IF more Americans turned out to vote him out of office no amount of cheating on his part could have over come the people’s will.
          Homosexual marriage gained ground, smoking dope is legal in two states now, millions upon millions more are on welfare…our gun rights are about to be taken away…it’s not a pretty picture, but it’s the true picture.
          May we all turn to the ONLY One who can bring peace in the midst of the devil’s reign.

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            Hear, hear.

  • badbadlibs

    What happens now?
    Everyone’s taxes go up and the republicans get blamed and bo got what he’s wanted all along….every single last dime every working American has to fund his paycheck and communist/Marxist/islamist ideology.
    Win win for the worst potus in history….

    • SineWaveII

      Think longer term and consider the cause and effect.

      • badbadlibs

        Can you help me out here….how is this going to benefit anyone but bo and his henchmen?

        • SineWaveII

          That’s easy. Economically what Obama’s trying to do cannot work. He will drive the economy back into recession and kill his own recovery. First the tax hikes, and then the regulations, and finally Obamacare will flatline the the economy.
          The news media can’t keep carrying his water and they have no reason to. Look how much truth has been told just in the few weeks since the election. The news media is still a business and sooner or later it must return to its business model.
          The owners will see to that.
          Obama is wrong about everything, and people are going to know that for sure this time; because this time they’re going to feel it. Not just hear about it REALLY feel it. And there isn’t anything anyone can do to stop it now. Not Obama. not the democrats. Not even the republicans. No one! It’s not the fiscal cliff, it’s economic black hole that’s waiting at the bottom of it.

          • badbadlibs

            That’s the best news I’ve ever heard that simultaneously scared the daylights out of me!
            I’m trying to find where that scenario could possibly be good news! Yikes!

            • SineWaveII

              LOL I know what you mean, but as I said you have to look at the long term. But in this case by long term I mean six years max. I believe that the repubs will take both houses of congress in 2014 this time with huge majorities that will lame-duck Obama for good. Most of the new repubs will be conservatives and people with TEA party support.
              I believe two things are going to happen after that. First they have to repeal Obamacare (they will have a mandate to do that and they’ll do it in about eight months). Then they will pass a reform package like Gingrich’s contract with America, only much bigger and more sweeping. In 2016 they will win the white house as well.
              (With the Scott Walker/Nikki Haley ticket…ok that’s just my guess but I like the sound of it)
              The new economic boom will begin in earnest in 2017, but there will be fallout from Obama’s reign on and off until about 2020.
              I have many more details I can go into to explain all of this but I don’t want to bore you.
              Here’s another prediction for what it’s worth. If everything else happens along the lines I described. Obama will throw a temper tantrum and resign in 2015 leaving Biden to finish his last year. That is if he’s not impeached and removed in 2015 which is also a strong possibility.

              • badbadlibs

                Well, you have to be the single most optimistic person living on this planet! I like it!
                Again, you have my most sincere wishes and prayers you are correct.

                • SineWaveII

                  Maybe I am. Time will tell. American politics is funny like that. Just when one side thinks it has all the marbles the whole game changes, and it always comes without warning. And it’s been that way from the beginning.

    • c4pfan

      Give me a break! How many times does it have to be said?! Obama wasn’t going to sign off on Plan B anyway!

  • Congrats to the Conservative Republicans who stood up against this notorious deal. yeah!!!!

  • David Boyes

    tears …. crocodile …. like Levin says … get off the stage…………….

  • PVG

    Hallelujah……..and good riddance!

  • cassandra/kes

    since his concession was a fubar anyway.there is a santa……

  • NJK

    I heard he was acting like Obama again tonight, a thug. I’m proud of the House of Representatives, for standing up to his bullying, and doing what’s right. God Bless them.

  • mediaaccess1

    Cool! If he cries, it’ll be much more cool!

  • chatterbox365

    Finally some good news. Kudos to those republicans who have not sold out the American people. Pray for them peeps…Boehner and his RINOs are up to no good.

    We need to rebel. The birth of America did not happen with conformity.

  • Philo Beddoe

    Both dem’s and rep’s are worthless losers. Worried about their own security while throwing America into the cesspool of oppressive taxation and govt controls.

    There may be more freedom in Russia

  • Yes, excellent news. NOT! A major tax cut bill has collapsed, Boehner is critically, if not fatally, wounded as house speaker, and the Republican party comes across as a bunch of quarrelsome brats. Please tell me how this is excellent news – unless you are one of those crazies who wants to go over the cliff with no parachute.

    • Should I or shouldn’t I, can’t help myself…….

      If you think that caving in and raising taxes on any part of our society is a good deal, you need help in understanding economics. What part of, “we have a spending problem” have you missed out on?

      Boehner is just negotiating against himself as he has done previously. This is a solid victory for the Conservatives and principles.

    • c4pfan

      How is keeping the rates the same a TAX CUT?

    • snowshooze

      It is excellent news because all revenue issues originate in the House.
      The Republicans are in control of the House, and can issue whatever they want, but Boehner doesn’t seem to know that.
      This is trench warfare. Surrender is not Compromise.
      I could care less if the House shut down completely so nothing would move.
      If I am taking a hit, I am not going to be a good sport about it.

  • c4pfan

    Just say that the American people voted for tax increases and got it with Obama’s plan!

    The GOP should have passed a plan keeping taxes the same and cutting some programs. Then when Obama rejects it, cut taxes for the middle class and cut even more programs, then when Obama rejects that one, cut even more programs, etc. Do what he does. Keep pushing the boudries!

  • c4pfan

    If you say that’s a tax cut, then Obama could say that he’s been giving tax cuts since he’s been in office!

  • snowshooze

    Boehner may still be Speaker of the House..
    But he isn’t the leader.

  • I did not vote, to allow a RINO ‘Cardinal Richilieu’ ascent ooffice, because ‘it was his time’!

    I voted to GET RID of RINO’s.