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Boehner Handed Humiliating Defeat as 'Plan B' Fails; What Now?

House Speaker John Boehner was handed a stunning defeat as he failed to call a vote on his so-called "Plan B" to avert the fiscall cliff on Wednesday evening, the NYT reports:

BoehnerHouse Republican leaders abruptly canceled a vote on the bill after they failed to rally enough votes for passage in an emergency meeting about 8 p.m. Within minutes, dejected Republicans filed out of the basement meeting room and declared there would be no votes to avert the “fiscal cliff” until after Christmas. With his “Plan B” all but dead, the speaker was left with the choice to find a new Republican way forward or to try to get a broad deficit reduction deal with President Obama that could win passage with Republican and Democratic votes.

What he could not do was blame Democrats for failing to take up legislation he could not even get through his own membership in the House.

Stock markets around the world dove.

Boehner released a astatement after calling off the vote:

"The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass.  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."

The White House said it was still hopeful a deal could be reached.

"The President’s main priority is to ensure that taxes don’t go up on 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses in just a few short days," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "The President will work with Congress to get this done and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan solution quickly that protects the middle class and our economy."

Earlier in the evening:

"The Republicans in the House have decided to run down an alley that has no exit while we all watch," Carney said.

He said President Obama "is ready right now" to negotiate a compromise but needs Republicans to come back to the table. Instead, Carney said, "They're wasting a lot of time on an effort that is pointless."

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  1. Boner's term as Speaker has been a complete failure. It's time for him to take his smokes and fake tan back to his plastic factory.

    Posted by: chasmader | Dec 21, 2012 9:44:25 AM

  2. I think a majority of the Republican party all need to take a hard look at how UNSUCCESSFUL they really are.
    Their ideas are far behind and they are totally out of touch with what's actually going on.
    They want what they want and they want it now..but the world is not working on their schedule and their desires are not coming together.
    Time to get real boys..get in the game that's actually in play

    Posted by: Darren | Dec 21, 2012 10:50:34 AM

  3. Get a clue Dude ~ and What Christmas Break? Break from what? Do something that represents productive aid for the people you are there to serve ~ hint: it's not you and your lobbyists!

    Posted by: Cathy Snyder | Dec 21, 2012 11:19:29 AM

  4. Yea, Boner is weak, weak, weak-too much time in the tanning salon and not enough time with his House members. The Republican Party seriously needs an old-style Soviet party purge, which hopefully would allow some new-thinkers to rise to the top.

    Posted by: Perry | Dec 21, 2012 12:48:51 PM

  5. "..allow some new-thinkers to rise to ther top."

    LOL I'm not sure there are any. The closest seems to be Paul Ryan. The best he's done, however, is the novel, but ridiculous idea that Obama did not win a mandate because he did not win the House.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 21, 2012 1:44:20 PM

  6. I can't believe the people of Ohio voted to give that moron another term.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 21, 2012 4:07:02 PM

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