Boehner pulls ‘Plan B’ vote, can’t pass the House

December 20, 2012

House Republican leaders on Thursday night scrapped a planned vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) fiscal cliff 'Plan B' measure as it became clear they did not have enough support from members of their own conference.

In a statement, Boehner said that the House did not take up the measure "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," he said. "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 move leaves unclear the next step in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff set to hit the country's economy on the first of the new year.

Boehner left the Capitol at 8:04 p.m. and made no comment to reporters who tailed him. 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said The House has adjourned for Christmas, and will return after the holiday when needed.

 

Paul Kane covers Congress and politics for the Washington Post.
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