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John Boehner might be an idiot, but he knows how to spin:

"The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass," Boehner said in a Thursday night statement. "Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff."
So guess what?  Boehner is winning.  His spin worked.  Here are a few headlines:
McConnell demands Senate Democrats now move legislation on fiscal cliff
Pressure grows on Senate Democrats to act on ‘fiscal cliff’ in wake of 'Plan B'
Wonkbook: Fiscal cliff deal moves to the Senate
Fiscal Cliff's Great Last Hope: the Senate?
Today’s Top Reads: Averting Fiscal Cliff Falls to Senate
His entire point was to distract the conversation from what Democrats are all saying:
Reid said Boehner should resume negotiations with Obama or act on the Senate-passed bill extending current tax rates on family income below $250,000.

"It’s time for the Speaker and all Republicans to return to the negotiating table," Reid said. "In the meantime, the Speaker should bring the middle-class tax cut passed by the Senate five months ago to the floor of the House."

...Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders said the least Boehner could do was bring up the Senate proposal to lock in tax rates for annual family income up to $250,000 a year.

“This House will say yes, we believe, to a bipartisan compromise bill,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. “And, we believe it will say yes to the Senate passed bill that is already pending.”

Boehner is winning the spin war and relying on lazy reporters over the holiday season.  We need to keep the focus on the Senate bill which has the votes to pass the House. Boehner won't bring it up at all because it would win with mostly Democratic votes and put his speakership at risk.  Last week he was holding the country hostage to save tax breaks for millionaires, this week he is holding the country hostage to save his job:
Republican leadership scrapped a plan to vote on the Senate’s tax rate proposal, which extended Bush-era tax rates for income below $250,000. Republicans are looking to keep their message tight, sources said.
In other words, they scrapped it because the Senate bill would have passed the House.

11:06 AM PT: Grover Norquist already gave them all a free pass to selectively extend the Bush tax cuts.  However, due to popular demand here are thirty House Republicans on record supporting tax increases for millionaires:

1-Charlie Bass (NH-02)
2-Howard Coble (NC-06)
3-Tom Cole (OK-04)
4-Chip Cravaack (MN-08)
5-Rick Crawford (AR-01)
6-Charlie Dent (PA-15)
7-Robert Dold (IL-10)
8-Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08)
9-Jeff Flake (AZ-06)
10-Kay Granger (TX-12)
11-Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
12-Tim Johnson (IL-15)
13-Walter Jones (NC-03)
14-Peter King (NY-02)
15-Tom Latham (IA-03)
16-Steve LaTourette (OH-14)
17-Mary Bono Mack (CA-45)
18-Thomas Marino (PA-10)
19-Buck McKeon (CA-25)
20-Tom Reed (NY-23)
21-Scott Rigell (VA-02)
22-Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
23-Tom Rooney (FL-17)
24-Dennis Ross (FL-15)
25-Jon Runyan (NJ-03)
26-John Shimkus (IL-15)
27-Mike Simpson (ID-02)
28-Adrian Smith (NE-03)
29-Lee Terry (NE-02)
30-Bob Turner (NY-09)
30 Republican votes plus 192 Democratic votes would equal a 222 vote majority.  I'm sure many others would abstain from voting or vote for this to stop tax increases, too.

11:25 AM PT: Looks like the New York Times fell for it too, hook, line, and sinker: "Search for Deal in Fiscal Impasse Turns to Senate"

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  •  Thank you. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    glorificus

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:16:11 AM PST

  •  How many Republican votes in the House (0+ / 0-)

    are there for the Senate-passed bill?  

  •  Didn't Nancy Pelosi start a process to force (1+ / 0-)
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    bubbanomics

    Boehner to bring the Senate bill to a vote in the House?

    What happened with that?

    **Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does** h/t Clytemnestra/Victoria Jackson

    by glorificus on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:27:10 AM PST

    •  Needed the signatures of a number of (2+ / 0-)
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      TexasAlien, bubbanomics

      Republicans so as to have a majority of House members.  Did not get a single Republican signature.  

      That's why I asked (above) how many Republicans would vote for the Senate bill, when not a single one signed on to the Discharge Petition to bring it up for a vote.  

      •  They are not gonna sign Nancy's petition (2+ / 0-)
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        bubbanomics, glorificus

        But if Boehner brings it to the floor they will vote for it.  Pelosi and Van Hollen would not keep repeating this if they did not think it was true.  I will update with a list.

        •  I don't think you can just take (0+ / 0-)

          Pelosi or Van Hollen's word for how many Republicans are going to vote for a bill.  I seriously doubt that Republicans are making any commitments to them.  I think they are saying that simply to pressure Boehner to bring it up for a vote, and they HOPE it would pass.

          •  Who is the "they" in the following sentence? (0+ / 0-)
            I think "they" are saying that simply to pressure Boehner to bring it up for a vote,
            Specify, please. It's too confusing to use the word so much without clarification.

            **Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does** h/t Clytemnestra/Victoria Jackson

            by glorificus on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:27:02 AM PST

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            •  My thinking is that (0+ / 0-)

              Pelosi and Van Hollen are saying that the Senate bill will pass the House as part of the pressure on Boehner to bring it up for a vote.  I have no faith whatsoever that the Senate bill as is -- $250,000 limit -- would "pass" (i.e., get 20 or so Republican votes) as is if Boehner did allow it to come to the floor.   And I don't believe that Pelosi or Van Hollen "know" that it would, either.  If Pelosi and Van Hollen have commitments from 20 Republicans that those Republicans would vote for the Senate bill, that would be big news, and would put HUGE pressure on Boehner, so if Pelosi and Van Hollen had those 20 names, they'd say so.   I have not seen a single House Republican voice  support for the Senate Bill.

  •  About your update (0+ / 0-)

    supporting increased rates "on millionaires" is not the same thing as supporting the Senate bill -- not at all.   The Senate bill is for household income over $250,000.   Grover Norquist's "pass" was on the Plan B bill for income over $1 million.  

    I know of no Republican -- none -- who has come out in support of raising taxes on income over $250,000 without significant corresponding cuts.  None.  Zero.  (Frankly, I've not seen a single Republican - -not one -- who supports the $250,000 threshold, even WITH spending cuts.)  If you believe that the Senate bill can pass the House, you need to come up with names  of Republicans who support that $250,000 threshold, NOT Republicans who came out in support of "Plan B" -- the $1 million threshold.  The difference is a big deal for Republicans -- at $250,000 (for two incomes) you are talking about more small businesses (or working professional couples) than you are "millionaires."  

    I can see Boehner allowing the bill on the floor if it is amended to income over $1 million -- essentially his "Plan B."

    But I know of not one single Republican in the House who has come out in support of the $250,000 threshold for raising tax rates.  

    •  Follow the link (0+ / 0-)

      Some of their quotes are vague but many are explicit about wanting to vote for the Senate passed bill.

      Tom Cole, Peter King, Mary Bono Mack, the list goes on.

    •  Have you heard of Tom Cole? (0+ / 0-)

      Tom Cole (OK-04) spoke to Politico on 11/27/12:

      "I think we ought to take the 98 percent deal right now," he said of freezing income tax rates for all but the top 2 percent of earners. "It doesn’t mean I agree with raising the top 2. I don’t."

      Kay Granger (TX-12) spoke to Bloomberg News on 12/6/12:

      Separately, more House Republicans began to endorse Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole’s call to extend all tax cuts for middle-class earners, as Obama has asked Congress to do by the end of the year. Representative Kay Granger of Texas called it "just the right thing to do."

      Walter Jones (NC-03) spoke to The Hill on 12/5/12:

      GOP Rep. Walter Jones said this week that he might buck his party and endorse the Democrats' petition to force a vote on extending a tax break for middle-class earners. The North Carolina Republican said he's not prepared to sign the petition now, but would reconsider if the “fiscal cliff" negotiations remain at an impasse next week. "I, at this point, am not going to sign the discharge petition," Jones said. "I said 'at this point.' I don't know what next week will bring."

      Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) spoke to CNN on 11/29/12:

      "I have to say that if you’re going to sign me up with a camp, I like what Tom Cole has to say," California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack said on CNN on Thursday. Cole is the Republican who suggested that his party vote to extend the Bush tax-rates for everyone but the highest income earners and leave the rest of the debate for later.

      Dennis Ross (FL-15) spoke to Bloomberg News on 12/6/12:

      Florida Representative Dennis Ross, a freshman Republican, said he wouldn’t rule out voting for Senate-passed legislation to extend only the middle-class tax cuts. "I don’t think at this juncture you rule anything out," Ross said.

      Mike Simpson (ID-02) spoke to Reuters on 11/29/12:

      "I wouldn't have a problem with letting those tax rates go up," provided they are coupled with spending cuts, Representative Mike Simpson said. Simpson said that raising taxes on the rich "wouldn't be my preferred way to do it. But elections have consequences," referring to Obama winning a second term earlier this month.

      Bob Turner (NY-09) spoke to Capital Tonight on 5/1/12:

      In an interview with New York’s “Capital Tonight,” Bob Turner said that Republicans "can’t continue to uniformly oppose tax increases in order to solve the debt issue." He went on to state that "there will certainly be compromises." When pressed as to whether that meant tax increases, Turner responded by saying, "Whatever has to be done."

    •  Why didn't Boehner allow the vote then? (0+ / 0-)

      It does not make sense to me that Boehner would not have put it up for a vote if he thought that it would lose.

      "Republican leadership scrapped a plan to vote on the Senate’s tax rate proposal, which extended Bush-era tax rates for income below $250,000. Republicans are looking to keep their message tight, sources said."

      •  They want to wrap up the under-250k cuts with (0+ / 0-)

        cuts for everyone above 250k. Simple as that. They know that if the 250k-and-under bill passes, there will be no tax cut for amounts over 250k.
        If/when the 250k-and-under bill passes, their hostage is gone.

        Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

        by Icicle68 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 04:11:03 PM PST

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