Senator Reid rejects Boehner "fiscal cliff" backup plan

WASHINGTON Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:11am EST

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters in the Capitol in Washington December 13, 2012. Congressional leaders and the Obama administration are attempting to negotiate a deal to avoid the so-called ''fiscal cliff'' and work toward a deficit reduction package in the next session of Congress that begins in January. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters in the Capitol in Washington December 13, 2012. Congressional leaders and the Obama administration are attempting to negotiate a deal to avoid the so-called ''fiscal cliff'' and work toward a deficit reduction package in the next session of Congress that begins in January.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner's backup plan that would simply extend low income tax rates for households with incomes below $1 million a year "cannot pass both houses of Congress," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday.

Reid, a Democrat, said Boehner instead should focus on reaching a broad deficit-reduction deal with President Barack Obama. "Now is the time to show leadership, not kick the can down the road," Reid said.

Last July, Reid's Democrats passed a bill in the Senate that would have continued low tax rates, which are set to expire on December 31, for families with net incomes below $250,000.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan)

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dmanning wrote:
Boehner’s Plan B is not serious; and he knows it. Floating it is a method to test how many votes he has in his caucaus for any rate increase, thereby seeing if he has a backup in case negotiations with Obama break down. That way, House Republicans have some cover in the “tax increase” facet of the fight for public opinion, which they are losing badly at the moment.

Actually, the latest counter offer from Obama could probably pass the House right now–provided enough Democrats get onboard with the Cost-of-Living adjustments to Social Security–if Boehner would drop the asinine Delay rule of the majority refusing a vote on a bill unless the majority of their caucus agrees to vote for it. Essentially, to get any bill to pass the House of Representatives, you need a majority of the majority, instead of counting on votes from the other party. It was instituted to maintain a strict party unity–but has become incredibly counter-productive in this age where there is such a severe schism within the Republican Party, between the Tea Party sect and the more moderate wing. The DeLay essentially insures that there can be no true bipartisanship, and wastes valuable time in these situations–the fiscal cliff, the debt-ceiling battles–where deadlines are of the essence.

Dec 18, 2012 12:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
speaker12 wrote:
Wow, dingy Harry calling the shots for Obama? Sad when the government is controlled by ward politicians.

Dec 18, 2012 12:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
texas100 wrote:
Reid is nothing but a dummy for Tax and Spend Obama…

Dec 18, 2012 2:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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