Top House Republicans huddle in Boehner’s office

December 20, 2012

A meeting of top House Republicans is now underway in the offices of House Speaker John Boehner, located just off the Rotunda, where the general public and lawmakers continue paying their respects to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

On his way into Boehner's office, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) would only say "Im doing good" when asked if he had the votes to pass Plan B.

Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), on his way to see Inouye's casket, said "I have no clue" what would happen with Plan B -- and responded "I have no clue" when asked whether he planned to vote for it.

In the Speaker's Lobby as members streamed out of the chamber, Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.), who has been presiding over the evening's votes, told puzzled reporters, "The House is in recess subject to the call of the chair."

Quipped Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) as he passed by: "Subject to Santa Claus finding 218 votes for John Boehner."

A large swarm of reporters waited outside Boehner's office to see what, if anything, is being done to ensure a vote tonight on Plan B.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a key Boehner ally, emerged from the Speaker's office suite carrying a plate of Chick-Fil-A. Asked if she knew whether her conference had the votes to pass the bill, she said, "I have no idea" before rushing away. When she was asked again later as she returned to the office, Foxx grimmaced and kept walking.

Also, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) nodded her head "no" when asked by reporters if she thinks the House will be able to vote and pass Plan B tonight.

 

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