Despite leaning hard on rank-and-file members, Boehner fails to pass 'Plan B'; House adjourns, Dow plunges

We are seeing multiple reports on Twitter that House Speaker John Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” is dead, at least for now. The proposal, which was under consideration in the House this evening, would have extended tax cuts on annual income up to $1 million.

Earlier this evening, radio host Mark Levin said he heard that House GOP leaders attempted to strongarm Republican backbenchers into supporting the proposal. Here’s Levin’s post, from his Facebook page:

I am told the GOP leadership in the House is now threatening members with losing their committee posts if they do not vote for the Boehner tax increase.

If true, GOP leaders put their fellow Republicans, many of whom have pledged never to raise taxes, in an impossible spot. Either support Boehner’s plan, which most conservatives regard as a tax increase, or be stripped of power. Bear in mind that this pressure was being brought to bear on behalf of a bill that has virtually no chance of becoming law.

After a recess and some behind-closed-doors wrangling, the vote has been pulled and representatives are headed home for the holidays.

We’ll see. For now, the stock market is weighing in on the news by dropping sharply.

Update:

National Review’s Robert Costa deserves some sort of recognition for managing to compress the night’s events into just one tweet.

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  • Bob Cordon

    Bye, Boehner. Jan 3rd will find you out of the Speaker’s office. Did you really think threatening your caucus with losing their committee seats would win you any votes – or friends? You’re an even bigger idiot than I thought.

  • Chris Cherry

    this is a direct result of Boehner’ s penchant for negotiating with “Himself”

  • Canadian in USA

    Since I am new here, can somebody please explain how the speaker is elected? And what happens now? Will Boehner be removed from position? If so, how? Thanks in advance.

    • WilliamAmos
    • William J. Miller

      All Article 1 Section 2 of the US Constitution states, regarding the Speaker, is:

      “The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers…”

      At the beginning of each congressional session, the House votes on who they want as Speaker. Technically, the Speaker does not have to be a member of Congress, but there has never been a Speaker who was not also a Representative. Both parties put up a nominee, who is usually already in a leadership position (Incumbent Speaker, Majority/Minority Leader, Whip). The nominee from the incoming majority party will, almost certainly, win the Speakership.

      There is nothing in the Constitution preventing, I guess, what would be called a recall vote in mid-session, but I do not know if specific House rules would prevent such a vote.

      I am thinking that the best chance at removing Boehner is probably when the new Congress convenes in January.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    A monkey could do a better job than Boner.

  • Belinda Henry

    I don’t agree with confiscating peoples income and using the money to increase spending rather then to pay down the debt. Its a sham. And it deserves to fail. If you want to grab money that is not yours and blow it then change partys and become a democrat.

    • HannahJK

      Voting down Plan B is essentially the GOP voting to RAISE TAXES on EVERYONE vs just those making over 1mil. How the hell is that not confiscating peoples income?!

    • J.Milliscone

      I don’t think you are fully aware of the political realities including the cuts that have already gone in place with no new revanue.

  • Steve_J

    Threatening your cacus members works only when the members have no eithics and don’t think for themselves. Which is why threats worked for Pelosi. Threats will not work too good for the Republican leadership as too many of the members can and do think for themselves.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Translation Democrats = Drones

  • kate_middleton

    My fellow commenters probably won’t like this…but I feel bad for Boehner.
    He’s in an impossible position. Obama isn’t giving anything, and it’s all going to get blamed on GOP regardless.
    I can see why he wanted to get this on the record to show the GOP was trying to find a solution.

    • Kevin Krom

      “Obama isn’t giving anything, and it’s all going to get blamed on GOP regardless”

      In which case the smart play is “do nothing”, not come up with some half-assed “compromise” (where the other side gives up nothing and your side gives up on key points). The House has already passed a bill, put the pressure on the Senate and flip the argument around that it’s Obama and the Democrats who are willing to raise taxes on everyone just so they can raise taxes on the “rich”.

      • kate_middleton

        I get your point. But I also think by doing nothing, that makes it easier for GOP to take the blame. If they had passed this Plan B, even though it won’t pass the Senate, it would have put the House on the record of passing a compromise solution – and the onus would be on Dems if they didn’t run with it.
        I like Boehner. I think he does as good of a job as possible considering the position he’s in. Some of the Tea Party reps – while I agree with their positions in theory, you have to be more practical if you want to get anything done in Washington today.
        Just my 2 cents.

      • kate_middleton

        I get your point. But I also think by doing nothing, that makes it easier for GOP to take the blame. If they had passed this Plan B, even though it won’t pass the Senate, it would have put the House on the record of passing a compromise solution – and the onus would be on Dems if they didn’t run with it.
        I like Boehner. I think he does as good of a job as possible considering the position he’s in. Some of the Tea Party reps – while I agree with their positions in theory, you have to be more practical if you want to get anything done in Washington today.
        Just my 2 cents.

    • Kevin Krom

      “Obama isn’t giving anything, and it’s all going to get blamed on GOP regardless”

      In which case the smart play is “do nothing”, not come up with some half-assed “compromise” (where the other side gives up nothing and your side gives up on key points). The House has already passed a bill, put the pressure on the Senate and flip the argument around that it’s Obama and the Democrats who are willing to raise taxes on everyone just so they can raise taxes on the “rich”.

    • J.Milliscone

      That’s innaccurate. There has already been major cuts as well as the POTUS going from 250K and up to 400K and up.

  • realista

    The U. S. Senate “ACTED Over 6 Months Ago, Passing and Sending A Bill to House of Repugs Extending Tax Cut For On First $250,000 of annual Income For All Americans, Millionairs Included!

    Speaker Boehner IS A FRAUD.
    He Cannot Even Deliver A House Bill that Extends Tax Cut to 99.19 percent of All Taxpayers. Most of this 0.81 of one Percent do Not Pay Higher Progressive tax Rates…. like Romney their Income is Tax-Free Municipal Bonds, capital gains, and “carried interest — Taxed At 15 Percent Only!! — Boehner Decided to Avoid Fiscal CLIFF … By RETURNING to BAR-KEEPING”!

    • ceemack

      Sigh.

      The House already passed a bill extending current tax rates for ALL Americans. The Senate has refused to act on it.

      The new tax rates would hit the owners of what you might call “large” small businesses–the ones that, you know, hire people. They pay taxes at the personal income tax rate.

      Raising taxes on income over $250,000, or $400,000, or even $1 million would be a job killer.

  • fivebyfive

    Never negotiate from a position of weakness. GO over the cliff, take the blame and leave the calamity to OBAMA. The party in power will own this

    • arrow2010

      The media will demonize the GOP.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Pretty much, this development is either going to pay off big, or blow up in the faces of our side. Does it strengthen Barry’s already strong position? Does it give us a way to get John out of there? Does it strengthen the Republican position? Man, what a clusterfubar this Fiscal Cliff situation is.

    • louisiana_mom

      I knew this is where we would end up when the House passed the continuing resolution that lead to the fiscal cliff… Boehner negotiated an unwinable hand for the Republicans in that CR.

  • David Farley

    Maybe a new house majority leader with cojones can be picked when the new Congress is sworn in

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QE3HMNAZAVYRLX2AN444M4WYF4 FLirishPM

    Message to Boehner….let the tax rates expire on January 1st, for everyone. Start working on the spending cuts on January 2nd of which you hold the purse strings and can control. The President does not have the power to stop the spending cuts so all you have to do is remind the American people that he owns the tax rate hike and all of the misery it’s going to inflict on them. The GOP is going to be blamed for all of this anyway so you may as well play along with Obama’s plan, which is no plan at all. Everyone is getting worked up about the “fiscal cliff” and Obama is sitting back watching you guys implode. You have a President not willing to negotiate anything and that’s deliberate so let him have his way and he’ll own it.

  • BeeKaaay

    Ja Vohl Mein Bonerfuhrer – using Marxist actions to pass Marxist legislation.

  • jack lovell

    Watching Boehner negotiate is like seeing a ludicrous game of chicken. President Obama is making out with a squad of media cheerleaders with no gas in his van and nobody at the wheel. Speaker Boehner throws the republican car in reverse, covers his eyes and starts to cry and stomps on the gas pedal, running down the people who have his back.

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      Speaker Smeagol runs over those who,in the past, have had his back b/c those people are conservatives.

      The way to understand this is that the term “Establishment Republicans” is a less volatile way of saying “Progressive-Republicans”, and the leadership are Establishment Republicans.

      They believe in the exact same things as the DumperCrats, but need to obfuscate their position because the bulk of conservatives are “R”s.

      Their purpose is to “manage” conservatives so we are kept ineffectual.That’s the reason even the most unpopular laws are not repealed. Even fairly insignificant things, like low-flow toilets (to take only one thing) won’t be repealed because the proggies think it is “good for the ‘peons'”. The R-leadership makes a great show of it, but unless they’re sure of failure nothing comes up to repeal.

      How else to explain a 60yr unbroken string of failure? Statistically, in the unimportant stuff, things would align at least once in 60yrs!

      What happens when it gets close is some “maverick” will organize either a “compromise” or a contingent JUST EXACTLY large enough to defeat the proposal.

      Are these members ever punished? You now, like the Conservatives were through the stripping of chairmanships? NOPE!

      Discard their words! Look ONLY at their actions — BOTH their individual AND group actions! Look for patterns! .

      For example. When Juan McCain was in the Lower House, he & Grahmnasty would switch off torpedoing key legislation.

      When one of these small contingents vote with the DumperCrats on some Liberty-stealing piece of work, note the members of the group. They conspired to thwart pro-Liberty once, they’ll do it again.

      In this way you’ll find all the wolves in sheep’s-clothing among the Lambs.

  • Kevin Krom

    “Votes not there” — if only that will be the case when it’s time for Bonehead to be voted on for Speaker.

  • Kevin Krom

    “Votes not there” — if only that will be the case when it’s time for Bonehead to be voted on for Speaker.

  • http://twitter.com/dchrist81 david christoph

    somehow the New York Slimes seem to believe (or want us to believe) that the defeat of a bill that raises taxes — because it raises taxes too much — somehow gives Obama more leverage to raise taxes even more http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/us/politics/next-move-is-obamas-after-boehners-tax-plan-fails.html?_r=0

  • http://twitter.com/dchrist81 david christoph

    somehow the New York Slimes seem to believe (or want us to believe) that the defeat of a bill that raises taxes — because it raises taxes too much — somehow gives Obama more leverage to raise taxes even more http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/us/politics/next-move-is-obamas-after-boehners-tax-plan-fails.html?_r=0

  • $1014973

    Here is the new plan. Everytime a reporter asks the crier about the house budget negotiations, pose the question to them. What has obama done in 4 years to reduce federal expenditures? Name one thing?

  • J.Milliscone

    There have already been major cuts signed into law. Where the reveue increase? Again the GOP do nothing at the expense of the American people.

    Personally, I;m glad we’re going over the cliff. There would be no other way cut the spending of the military industrial complex (as defined by Pres. Eisenhower)