Skip to comments.House Delays Tax Cuts Vote, but Vote Still Possible Today (Dems: Not Enough Votes to Proceed )
Posted on 12/16/2010 12:22:08 PM PST by Red Steel
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team are working this afternoon to reach a solution to move forward on the tax cuts legislation after Democratic opposition to proceed on the bill forced the Democratic leadership to pull the tax cuts package from the floor.
Democratic leadership pulled the tax cuts bill from the floor after it became apparent that liberals would not vote to pass the Rule, according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.
The Democratic aide says that while the minority party never votes for rules and Democrats were not counting on Republican support to pass the rule, today it became "clear the votes werent quite there" from House Democrats either.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, explained the concerns raised by the majority of House Democrats, telling reporters that Democratic members were frustrated that they would not get the opportunity for a clear vote on the underlying tax cuts bill.
"This was a concurring resolution, and it's different in lots of ways, and the way this was written was if Pomeroy [amendment to change the estate tax break] passes under a concurring resolution, [the tax cuts legislation] goes right immediately back to the Senate, and there's no other vote on this bill, Slaughter said. A lot of our members would like another vote, chance to vote no, or yes, maybe someone. And that's the discussion."
When asked which members specifically had a problem with the way the rule was structured, Slaughter let out a hearty laugh and said, "Just about everybody, would be my best answer, including me!"
Slaughter, D-New York, said House Democrats are now devising a strategy to move forward with the bill and she planned to go over the options this afternoon with the House Parliamentarian.
Some House Democrats said that by adding $858 billion to the deficit, the House will be forced to cut spending from other programs that need the money.
Just two weeks ago the Presidents position was the same as the vast majority of the caucus, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. said. We compromised and the President changed his position. We respect that. He needs to move the country forward. Our question is at what cost?
The most vocal gripe from House Democrats is that they want to change the estate tax to levels passed by the House last year that would exempt inheritances up to $3.5 million and tax estates at a 45 percent rate.
The White House supports the White House bill, their message has been consistent, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, said. Wed like to improve the bill and make it less expensive.
Wednesday evening, Pelosi said the Pomeroy amendment would save $25 billion from being added the deficit, and would affect only 6,600 more families than the lower rate and higher exemption in the tax deal negotiated by President Obama and GOP leaders in Congress.
We always have a continuing feast of debate in our Caucus over the subjects that seem very unfair to Members there where we have a situation where we have a proposal before us that gives 6,600 families in America $25 billion and holds the rest of the provisions in the bill, the middle-income tax cuts, those kinds of issues hostage to that blackmail, Pelosi said. Think of what you could do with that $25 billion. You could address the issues that affect Americas families very directlytheir health, cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, diabetes, heart disease, you name it. There is a crying need for more funding for research in those directions. We could raise a small piece of it, raise the salaries of our teachers across the country. We could create jobs. Instead, we are giving tax cuts to 6,600 families that do not create jobs, that increase the deficit, and that are unfair to the middle class.
House Democrats are expected to meet once again this afternoon with party leadership behind closed doors in an attempt to reach a solution. Sources said the leadership is expected to resolve the hiccup over the rule and that the House will take further action on the tax cuts legislation later today.
NOTE 2 or 3 hours of traffic and this stuff turns to ice every single time.
Continuing res thu mid-February ‘11...see you next year minority leader Pelousi!
I am so mad I am shaking!
Let me get this straight. We have a lame duck congress that can in fact put DADT, Dream Act, Omnibus, Tax Bill all through and put into law before a new congress comes in.
Now we spent 2 years stopping their legislation and NOW we cant do it? and we have an election behind us that proves the people dont want this. WTF is going on in our Congress.
Folks we have been duped. If you think back the last 2 years the only person that was truly fighting, using her name and getting shalacked for it has been Palin. THe R’s were silent they won because we didnt have anyone else to vote for. They are no different than Dems. Our government is against us. What is a citizen to do????? Someone smarter than me get me off the top of my tree because Im fixing to jump. SOS!!!!!! 911!!!!!
Republicans should spread an anonymous message that Pelosi has given up and shes going to adjourn tonight.
Tie it all up let nothing pass. We have fresh troups and ideas on 1/5/11’. Let her play her games and let up hope a DeMint or a Coburn in the Senate will just Fillibuster.
Translation: The Pelosi caucas doesn’t like “deem and pass” from the Senate, when it’s there bull getting gored.
Nevermind that taxation is constitutionally the responsibility of the House of Representatives.
The ONLY thing these bastards need to do during a lame duck session is provide for the military and security of this country!
Obama and the Dim leaders want a clean bill, but it appears that may not be the case. Instead of going to Obama’s desk for his signature, it goes back to the Senate or they have a joint committee to iron out the differences. If the tax extension bill has changes or the House refuses to bring it to a vote, it will stall the Dem wish list of DADT, DREAM and likely START.
"health, cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, diabetes, heart disease,"
Yea, sure thing.
More like welfare for illegals, disguised bribes for SEIU, etc.
Nutjob Nancy, the communist "witch" of the west, spinning the fairy tale of the day.
She and little bammy are coughing up the bribes to get the votes as we speak.
This will not end until the dee-cee toilet is flushed and 95% of the existing Congress is permanently GONE.
Best case scenario: it fails for lack of Dem support.
Keep in mind that our Calvary doesn’t arrive until January, if that’s any consolation. Meanwhile, we muddle through with the RINO’s we have, who haven’t a clue how to filabuster evidentally. A scandal. FILABUSTER!
They want us to get all excited so they lower the boom.
Wait until the boom we lower on them.
It's looking increasingly likely that they can't get these xtras passed under their original Dec. 18 cutoff date.
Gotterdamerung..."Twilight of the Gods"
Nancy, your girlfriend's waiting.
They wanted to stay in D.C. now they can stay in D.C.
They can bunk in their offices and eat MREs for the next five days for all I care!
Every last one of them.
Pelosi lies. She could care less about what happens to the people. She only cares about how she can continue to line her pockets.
Amen. It is hard to watch Repubs cave in to welfare-state unemployment payments and cheating the heirs to estates from their rightful inheritance.
Yes, that old deadline has come and gone. Dirty Reid has scheduled the repeal of DADT sometime during Christmas week.
The safest place to be is inside the U.S. congressional building the next two weeks. No terrorist would dare strike that place and disrupt their agenda.
How damn long will it take conservative senators and representatives to realize that they are going to have to actually put some thought and effort into representing us? The Dems are outmaneuvering us at every turn. Could elected conservatives get out of the bars and off the golf courses long enough to development a winning strategy? Is that too much to ask after Americans have poured their time and money into your campaigns?
THese are the folks that have been in for the last 2 years and they kept these bills from coming to a vote, why now. Its a freakin Lame Duck session now and the Dems and Bama are getting EVERYTHING their base wants and EVERYTHING the people dont. I dont understand why more people arent pissed here????? Wait. In 2 weeks weve lost our country!!
Oh, right, Dems cutting spending? What is this - April Fool's Day? That'll never happen.
I swear, Nancy Pelosi must have an IQ of under 75. The $25B won't go to anyone except the Dept of Revenue.
WHY don't they just shut it all down!
It would go a LOOOOONG way toward balancing the budget and reducing the deficit if Congress would defund the EPA, the Department of Education, Housing and Urban Development, a few things like that. Cutting back on Congressional and Senatorial staff would help, too, not to mention the IRS
Get rid of a few Cabinet offices probably would work, as well.
Instead, they always talk about cutting military spending. Why? When there are all those other freaking offices that do NOTHING for us?
Huh??? 2 inches of snow in the Northeast is not even worthy of mention, usually referred to as "flurries". Up to 5 inches most of us can drive through without being plowed (including most 80 year old women). Five to eight inches is a slight inconvenience but certainly no reason to miss work. Eight inches to a foot the road crews like you to stay off the roads until cleared - maybe a 2 hour delay. Eithteen inches to two feet can be a one day inconvenience but no more. Two to four feet we consider a real Noreaster that might slow things down for a day and a half.
So the radical left in the House is actually preventing RINO and limp-wristed republicans from bending over, robbing tax payers and giving away the farm! Now THAT’s some pretty ironic irony!
DeMint and Coburn have proven themselves to be completely useless.
I predicted a month ago that the incompetence of Pelosi/Reid would make the Lame Duck a Cluster F%$& and the tax cuts would expire.
delays are great new!
It is important that the GOP help the far left wing of the Dems MAKE CHANGES TO THE BILL. Any changes forces the Senate to reconsider it, eating time.
Even if the changes are leftward, the House GOP should support them. The Senate GOP has sworn to filibuster ANY CHANGES TO THE DEAL, and further, to FILIBUSTER ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL THIS TAX CUT EXTENSION GOES THROUGH.
Optimal strategy, move the legislation leftward so it goes back to the Senate and eats the clock.
“Its a freakin Lame Duck session now and the Dems and Bama are getting EVERYTHING their base wants and EVERYTHING the people dont. I dont understand why more people arent pissed here????? Wait. In 2 weeks weve lost our country!!”
-Most Republicans (and even many Conservatives) don’t react until almost everything is taken away from them. They are so terrified of being called names, like kids on a school playground, that they would rather cower in the corner and let their opponents walk all over them. They like to talk about Reagan, but deep down they are defeatists. It’s sad, but it’s true.
Nancy probably hasn’t offered the leftists enough pork to buy their votes yet.
She’ll just put on her Santa hat and start showing them generosity-—with our money, of course.
Seems it is all about the money. Once people start losing their $, they will mind.
As for now, most still have cell-phone service and a big-screen TV, so there is no need to get off the couch yet.
I don't think it has always been this way -- there's no reason why you can't come to bipartisan agreement on the RULES you use to consider a bill, except when you are a dictator who won't let anything happen that isn't completely scripted.
Is there a conservative politician that doesnt mind being called names and continues despite arrows, speaks to our beliefs? THat politician will never be “electable” because the MSM says so. So what do we do?
Not sure what these Republican don’t get.
Let tax rates go up - blame Dems
reduce them retroactively - take credit.
re: “Keep in mind that our Calvary doesnt arrive until January”
I think you mean “cavalry” (horse soldiers charging in to the rescue), not “Calvary”. Calvary is the place where Jesus was crucified. I’ve made this same miss-spelling several times myself when typing in a hurry. I hope I don’t sound like a spelling “nazi” and I totally agree with what you are saying.
Funny story, my son last night shot my big screen TV dead center with his BB gun. Its funny now but it wasnt last night, we were so thankful it didnt hit one of us!!!!!!! Now no TV. Maybe a gift from God, lol
Slickness, though, is a problem in and of itself.
“So what do we do?”
The beauty of the Tea Parties, the rallies, and the fiery townhall meetings was that it allowed the people to drown out the MSM; to take over the direction of discourse. And that’s why the media hated it so much. We need some way of putting this back front and center- now- and not in January.
(And we need somebody in Congress who is articulate to step up and seize the stage, and stop letting us get smacked around helplessly.)
(They'll be using dull rusty nails ~ legislation is just that way ~ but the Democrats asked for it).
Agree. Who did it back then? To be honest, there isnt one in Congress that will step up and seige stage. They are afraid of being called mean. But outside government? Who?
A conservative could really make a name for his or herself for 2012 by coming out and defending the recent election results. The left should be taken to the woodshed over this unprecedented lame-duck session and yet all of our “leaders” are silent.
Well, except for DeMint who merely threatens to stick up for the right and then runs with his tail tucked between his legs.
Is there ANYONE who will come out and excoriate the libs for this??? Anyone?