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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:13 PM

Cantor predicts passage of Plan B, unveils companion bill on spending cuts

Source: Washington Post

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) confidently predicted Thursday that Republicans have the votes to pass a plan to extend tax cuts on income up to $1 million — known as Plan B — as well as a companion bill dealing with major automatic spending cuts set to take effect next month.

Republican leaders came up with the separate measure to woo votes from conservatives wary that simply voting to address the looming tax hikes does nothing to address the nation’s need to cut spending or protect the military from large budget cuts. The second bill would shift defense cuts onto domestic programs, which already face a $50 billion cut next month.

Cantor told reporters late Thursday morning that the House would not adjourn after passing its plan. Instead he is insisting that Republicans remain in Washington to continue to seek a compromise with President Obama. However, he accused Obama of not putting forward a plan that Republicans consider balanced — a charge strongly disputed by Obama and congressional Democrats — and he said that once the House passes its own measure, responsibility for avoiding the fiscal cliff will fall to Obama and Senate Democrats.

“We House Republicans are taking concrete actions to avoid the fiscal cliff,” Cantor said. “The president has a decision to make: He can support these measures or be responsible for supporting reckless spending and the largest tax increase in American history.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cliff-standoff-boehner-works-to-wrangle-votes-for-plan-b-obama-threatens-veto/2012/12/20/d37cd8c6-4aa5-11e2-9a42-d1ce6d0ed278_story.html

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Reply Cantor predicts passage of Plan B, unveils companion bill on spending cuts (Original post)
Redfairen Dec 2012 OP
loudsue Dec 2012 #1
sinkingfeeling Dec 2012 #2
Andy Stanton Dec 2012 #3
DallasNE Dec 2012 #4
plethoro Dec 2012 #6
ROBROX Dec 2012 #13
DallasNE Dec 2012 #14
JoePhilly Dec 2012 #5
DallasNE Dec 2012 #9
louis-t Dec 2012 #7
blackspade Dec 2012 #8
John2 Dec 2012 #10
olegramps Dec 2012 #11
John2 Dec 2012 #12

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:25 PM

1. Well, forget it, Boner


From the article:

"Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to block the plan if it passes the House, and Obama has vowed to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk."

and this:

"It remains unclear whether Boehner’s proposal can pass his own House. If it fails there, congressional leaders fear it would leave Boehner politically debilitated and possibly unable to rally Republican support for a subsequent bipartisan deal with Obama, perhaps in January."

I hope he fails miserably.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:30 PM

2. Why of course, Eric, because we all know that the Pentagon is more important than people.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:31 PM

3. Cantor is the Tea Party's man

So if he's in favor of something it should be avoided by any sane individual.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:34 PM

4. Grandstanding

This is all just political theatre and grandstanding intended to shift responsibility for going over the "cliff" onto Obama. But the measures proposed here really don't do that. In fact these Republican proposals will add to the deficit while increasing taxes on many in the middle-class.

Besides, no bill should be voted on without the CBO scoring it ahead of time. This alone shows this to not be a serious proposal but grandstanding instead. What the Republicans don't seem to realize is that the American people are still focused and will see right through this and be even more disgusted with Republican antics.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:40 PM

6. The American people will not stand for a cut to Social Security benefits. I hate

 

both Cantor and Bohner, but the latter has thus far played his diminished hand pretty well. I live in California and I have never seen people so mad with Obama's offer to cut Social Security.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:48 PM

13. SENATE PASSED THEIR TAX BILL A LONG TIME AGO

 

The senate have their tax bill passed and both houses have to negotiate to get ONE bill they can both agree to pass. There has to be 20 GOP members that have a back bone who will help their country. The BONEHEAD GOP is out to screw the public and country to please their masters.

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Response to ROBROX (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:59 PM

14. Right, And Boehner Won't Bring It Up For A Vote

For fear it would get those 20 GOP votes and pass. Now he is struggling to not lose those 20 votes on his Plan B. Worst Speaker ever!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:35 PM

5. And Cantor begins to make his move for Boehner's job.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:23 PM

9. It Does Look Like Cantor Is Now Running The Show

I have been saying that Boehner will not be in the Congress when the 2014 election takes place. Now it looks like Cantor is making his move even sooner than I expected. Et tu Brutus.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:56 PM

7. What planet does this

fucker live on? Planet Evil, I guess.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:04 PM

8. Cantor and Boner are liars.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:35 PM

10. I told you

 

it was all about the Bush tax cuts and Military cuts. The sequestrian hurts Republicans more than Democrats and especially defense cuts in red states. The problem is President Obama and Leon Panetta are reluctant to cut back on the military and seems to want to cut domestic programs more. Obama should veto it and the Democrats in the Senate shouldn't pass it. Boehner and Cantor are trying to weasel out, because they know they are in a bind if they let those cuts go through. They are desperate for Obama to cave. The best Deal is the sequestrian cuts no matter how painful they will be for the short term. Obama shouldn't do any thing period! Forget about Wall Street and everythingelse. If Boehner and Cantor want to make a Deal, use the military cuts to get concessions. We should not worry about our National Defense. Nobody is going to invade us.

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Response to John2 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:42 PM

11. With billions and billions spent for defense and they couldn't protect our ambassador.

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Response to olegramps (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:50 PM

12. The Defense

 

Industry is the bread and butter in many of these Red Districts. If Boehner and Cantor don't act, they are screwing their own constituents. If they go through, Republicans in North Carolina will be screwed. I know this as a fact and so will Pat McCrory. They better get on the phone to Boehner and Cantor. That is why the Republicans are scared right now. They are trying to get Obama to cave. Obama has them in a bigger bind if he don't know it.

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