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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:30 PM

House GOP’s “Plan B” proposal does not have much support


And Harry Reid and the White House have indicated that the bill won't move beyond the House, even if it does pass

BY JILLIAN RAYFIELD

The House may be preparing to vote on John Boehner’s “Plan B” to resolve the “fiscal cliff,” but it appears that the proposal does not have much support.

For one thing, according to a whip count by The Hill, the proposal already has 25 likely defections by Republicans. If all Democrats vote against the proposal, Republicans can’t get more that 24 defections in order for it to pass.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said earlier that Republicans have the votes to pass the proposal, which would partially avoid the fiscal cliff by allowing taxes to increase only for those making over $1 million a year.

But a number of conservative groups have lined up against it as well.

The Tea Party group Freedomworks, which had previously said it tentatively supported the plan, just now flipped and said they oppose it. “After review of the Boehner Plan B legislation, pending in the House today, FreedomWorks has found it must oppose the legislation, and will be urging House members to vote NO on the bill,” the group said in a statement. “We will post our formal opposition letter on our site, soon.”

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http://www.salon.com/2012/12/20/house_gops_plan_b_proposal_does_not_have_much_support/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:33 PM

1. It's just fluff...

... to try and have something to blame the democrats for being responsible for taxes going up.
Most people aren't that stoopid... except those on the right.

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:46 PM

3. I don't think it will work anymore for Republicans.

The voters are wising up to their blatant misrepresentation in framing the issues/policies/positions of both Parties. No one who follows the issue closely is the least bit worried about "the cliff" - it always was a Republican scare plan, marketing to the sheeple to stampede against their best interests. Sure, lets let the rates go up for everyone...than have an up/down vote on tax legislation that reverts rates back to present levels for people making < $250K/year. I like the automatic cuts to Defense, too. The gutless wonders in Congress can't seem to break their addiction to bloated defense budgets.

Times could be tough for the Pentagon. In lieu of bake sales, here's a revenue generation idea for Dept of Defense: Start charging Big Oil for the Naval/Army "muscle" you provide to get their product to market. Should be treated as an operational expense, as far as I am concerned. That's gotta save them $200BB a year (plus insurance rate savings!). Stop subsiding Big Oil and let alternative/renewable energy play on a fair plane. There are a lot of jobs and future economic opportunity to change our strategic thinking on energy policy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:43 PM

2. I am happy to see that all Dems voted against sequester replacement

There was one Democratic yes vote for a while but when the final vote was counted there were none.

At least everyone in our caucus voted against that disgusting attempt to replace defense cuts with cuts to food stamps, Obamacare, Medicaid and Wall Street enforcement.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:52 PM

6. Excellent!

I'll bet Republicans are wishing they never signed up for this program. Going off the cliif may actual be the sane thing to do when considering the ridiculous funding levels that we throw at the Pentagon. The entire world would be happy to see a 30% cut in our defense budget.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:48 PM

4. Spam deleted by NRaleighLiberal (MIR Team)

 

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Response to MoSteddy (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:50 PM

5. Welcome to DU and I hope you enjoy the site.

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