1:23 p.m. - It has been the worse kept secret in Washington, but now it's official: House Democrats plan to leave for a five-week recess without trying to take up an extension of the Bush era middle class tax cuts.
First, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed it.
Then, I ran into Speaker Pelosi. I told her what Hoyer said, and asked her to put in her own words why the vote would not be held. Here's what she said:
"We are fighting for the middle class and don't want legislation to be held hostage by the Republicans who are here to serve those at the high end at the expense of the middle class," Pelosi said.
A Democratic aide said that Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced the decision at a breakfast with freshmen members today.