Pelosi won’t bring Obama tax compromise to the floor

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama: not on the same page

From the in-box: this just in from Democracy for America:

Our pressure on Congress to reject the President’s tax cut deal with the Republicans is working. From CNN only hours ago:

Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

“This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It’s as simple as that,” said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

Following the non-binding vote of the Democratic Caucus, Reuters newswire just reported this breaking news:

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not bring President Barack Obama’s current proposed tax plan up for a vote in her chamber, an aide said on Thursday.

The aide said Pelosi would require changes be made to the measure that most of her fellow House Democrats formally opposed by approving a resolution of opposition to it. The aide said: “She (Pelosi) will honor the resolution.”

It has never been more important for us to quickly back up Speaker Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus than it is right now. Please sign our “Thank You and Stand Strong” statement and let them know you have their back.

This one’s definitely developing…

Here’s the write-up from Reuters. A clip:

In a raucous, closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, Democrats chanted “Just say no!” as they agreed to block Obama’s plan to extend low tax rates for nearly all Americans, according to lawmakers in the room.

Several at the party meeting said they were angered by the White House’s “take it or leave it” attitude about the deal, which includes tax breaks for the wealthy.

Obama’s plan would keep lower rates in place for another two years, reduce the estate tax, and extend tax breaks and other benefits aimed at lower-income Americans.

Democrats have opposed extending the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of American households, arguing that the lost revenue can be put to better use at a time when unemployment is close to 10 percent.

There was still strong support in Congress for the broader deal and time for lawmakers to negotiate a compromise in the coming days. Tax bills will rise in January by an average of $3,000 per household of Congress does not act.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was to unveil tax-cut legislation later in the day, with a vote possible on Saturday.

The administration is confident that the “major components” of the deal will survive the congressional maneuvering, White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said. …

The irony is that throughout the first two years of his presidency, Congress — especially the House — has been complaining that the president is too “hands off” when it comes to legislation and won’t tell them what he wants. He was criticized for turning the writing of the stimulus bill over to Nancy Pelosi and the healthcare bill over to the Senate. Now that the president is doing what they’ve been asking him to do: spelling out specifically what he wants done — Congress (the House in particular) is upset that they’re being told what to do. Politics.

The likelihood still is that the package passes, perhaps with the House forcing some modifications (upping the estate tax would be a good fix…) Meanwhile, the suddenly feisty Democrats run the risk of running out the clock, and then the question is, who gets blamed when everybody’s taxes rise January 1st? Tick-tock…

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5 Responses to Pelosi won’t bring Obama tax compromise to the floor

  1. hilda banks says:

    You see, this is why Democrats will never regain the Congress again. WTF is wrong with them. Time is running out and then they will adjourn for the Xmas vacation with nothing being done. Unemployed people will still be without an extension on their benefits and taxes will go up for everybody, rich included. That will not work out well. Since they complained that there was no certainty on their taxes and the deal that was struck guaranteed that wouldnot happen and hopefully they would get off the pot and hire people but look at what is happening. I am very disappointed in my party. GWB would never have had this kind of revolt in his party. Why can’t they see the forest instead of posturing. What kind of deal are they going to get. Just keep shooting themselves in the foot. Come January 1st with the newbies coming in, it is going to be awful. I hope they are happy with what they have done. I am happy with the plan, I am a senior and I would love to get the cost of living increase but I didn’t get it and I know why so I am not crying. I am also at the last tier of unemployment benefits but thank God, I have a pension from the job I retired from in 1994 and my social security. My husband also has a pension and social security. I wouldnot try to get blood out of a turnip. Do they intend to work thru their Xmas break. Don’t think so. Why didn’t they bring this up this summer when the President wanted them to but no, they left town without even bringing it up but now it’s the President’s fault as per usual. Everything is on him, none of those clowns have his back and yes, I am a Dem and will always be but I’m just saying.


    I agree with hilda banks! Let me admit at first I didn’t want Mr. Obama to cave in on the extending the tax breaks for the richest americans, but I being thinking about the long term affect on hard working americans that don’t have jobs right now and true small business that need help accomplishing their american dream right now. The Dems want blame Mr. Obama for the mistakes of the party, but they have to look in the mirro and point at themselves. They should have voted on the tax breaks before the midterm election, the polls showed that the Americans were behind them, but once again fear in this political atmoshpere has caused the dems to look weak. Instead of running away from Mr. Obama accomplishment before the midterm election they should have stood by our president and informed the American people of the policies he has created to move forward for a better america. It is a shame now they want to show the fighting spirit against our President elected Obama, but no have the balls to hold the republicans accountable for their actions. What a SHAME!!!! Once again the dems our wasting time!!!! Also they are upset because the presdient did not cave in for the progessive movement, but the progessive movement need to remember they were not they only one that vote for President Obama!!!

  3. Rupert says:

    The message I seem to be hearing from the Dems is that the President had to make the deal, but they wanted him to protest more first. So probably a similar deal will be passed, but they feel a need to make some noise first. That’s politics. But while they are making noise, they are losing time to repeal DADT, pass START, the DREAM act, and are delaying unemployment benefits.

  4. Ronbo says:

    All hail our saviour: Republican President Obama. We must erase all of his committments from our memory. Scrub your websites and journals.

    Obama has come out fighting! Unfortunately, it is for the Republicans. Polls now show Obama way down and losing to the Mormon candidate.

    I don’t know who President Obama is anymore. He has been enacting Republican policy from the beginning (corporate-only health insurance mandates, expanded war, less government transparency, limiting civil rights, etc….) and his base continues to leave.

    Dear God, let’s hope he quits before he morphs into Newt!

  5. Ronbo says:

    Who doesn’t think Alice and Hilda are the same person – a Republican pushing the concept that Obama is actually a Democrat and that the House and Senate Democrats are the bad guys?

    We’ve figured out that Obama is a core Reagan-loving Republican. His stunt to make the Dems the bad guys (flipping the tax issue from Republican to Dem) is the final nail in the coffin. The trojan horse only works when you are hiding inside the horse, Barry. Why IS he voting straight CIA party? Business International Corp was a great training firm.

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