Sen. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) pledged Thursday that the Senate will not vote on House Speaker John A. Boehner's so-called "Plan B" even if Boehner can muster the Republican votes necessary to send the measure to the Senate late Thursday.

Reid said the proposal -- which would allow taxes to rise only for those making more than a million dollars a year -- does not address the nation's deficit and would provide a tax break for the nation's ultra-wealthy while allowing tax provisions that specifically benefit the middle class to lapse. He said Boehner's only option to avoid the cliff is to craft a deal with President Obama that can earn votes from both parties.