Skip to comments.(Cliff maker) Pelosi warns ‘clock is ticking,’ threatens House vote on tax rates
Posted on 12/02/2012 2:26:23 PM PST by Libloather
Pelosi warns clock is ticking, threatens House vote on tax rates
By Molly K. Hooper - 12/02/12 12:37 PM ET
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Sunday repeated threats to file a discharge petition and force a House vote to extend current tax rates for households making under $250,000 a year.
The Senate has already approved extending those rates, but the House GOP objects to the measure, instead calling for all of the expiring Bush-era tax rates to be extended across-the-board.
In order to bypass the House majority party's right to schedule floor votes, the California Democrat would need to garner 218 signatures, including more than 20 Republicans, to overcome the legislative hurdle.
In a statement released Sunday morning, Pelosi threatened to do just that: If Speaker Boehner refuses to schedule this widely-supported bill for a vote, Democrats will introduce a discharge petition to automatically bring to the floor the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts."
The Democratic leader warned that time was running out for Boehner to act. We must find a bold, balanced and fair agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. The clock is ticking and stalemates are a luxury we cannot afford, she said.
Pelosi first suggested the discharge-petition maneuver on Friday as Democrats looked to increase pressure on Republicans to allow tax rates on the wealthy to rise in a deficit-reduction deal.
Many Republicans believe that they will lose their leverage in negotiations with the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama to cut spending and enact an overhaul of the tax code, if they give in on the demand to support a bill extending tax cuts only for the middle class.
Last week, Boehner shot down an idea proffered by his colleague Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) to extend the current tax rates for all but the top two percent of Americans who make more than $250,000 and negotiate on higher-income tax brackets later.
Lawmakers hope to agree to a deficit deal to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take place on January 1st and Republicans see their tax stance as providing key leverage to push for steeper spending cuts and entitlement reforms.
On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Geithner presented lawmakers with the initial administration offer, which included $1.6 trillion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to entitlement spending.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) quickly rejected the plan, saying he was flabbergasted when he saw the proposal.
Geithner on Sunday, though, defended the White House offer and said the GOP needed to make the next move. I think right now, the best thing to do is for them to come to us and say, look, here's what we think makes sense, said Geithner.
Hey Pelousy, check the scoreboard, you don’t have the votes...file all the petitions you want.
Bring it, drumhead face.
Nanny “thinks” she is in charge of something. Don’t blame her for the confusion...Boehner is such a whimp.
hasn’t Pelousy done America enough damage (ObamaCare, nobody allowed to read it until it is passed, etc.)
When will this nice lady retire?????? I mean, she could use the free time, lots of it, to reconcile herself with the Church, just for starters.....
For 10 or more years since the 2003 tax cuts the Democrats claimed that the tax cuts were “only for the rich” while the Republicans said nothing in reponse. And now the dumbass Republicans have allowed the Democrats make it look as though it’s the Republicans who want to raise taxes on the low and middle income.
Good grief the GOP is frikin’ dumb.
“I want to be relevant, I want to be important.”
She could take up a church mission clothing the naked on the streets in SF.
She should, of course, use some of her OWN multi- millions of wealth ... for a change... perhaps she could sell her very valuable vineyard/home in the Wine Country to raise funds for the poor...(Matthew 19:21/Luke 18:22)
of course, not all the naked people in San Francisco WANT to be clothed,,,
So how many votes do you have again, Nanny?
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM. “Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat
Hey. Hey. I know several whimps and it is totally unfair to lump them in with the idot Boehner. Oh, wait, I know several idiots also. Well, then let's call Bo-hoe what he is . . . . . . . . . There. That is better.
and realistically, she very well could get 20 'R' votes and make boner cry, and get all the credit for the middle class tax 'cuts' coming down the pipe...
I think the House should absolutely give in and extend the rates for the middle class. How that loses leverage is beyond me, they are going to lose most constituent support making average families pay 2,000 more in taxes next year.
This beyatch asserts that she is still driving the boat on a regular basis - and she may very well be, for all the opposition is worth.
Congratulations. One of the kookiest things I've read on Free Republic in the last 12 years, and that's saying something.
She might do that but only if she didn’t have to spend any of her multi-millions to buy the clothes, but got them ‘free’ from the government.
The Republicans have the majority. They should tell Mrs. P. to go away. They should never even consider negotiating with her nor her associates once they read what was in those democrat bills. The Media is the state controlled arm of Obamaâs transformation lie and agenda. Let’s see how/if our team goes around Nancy to do the right thing for Americans. Will Nancy and her media win...Let’s see who has the most guts. ( the socialist or the ones who are suppose to be a patriot)