House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill
December 9th, 2010
11:32 AM ET
4 years ago

House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill

(CNN) - 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.

"We will continue to try and work with the White House and our Republican colleagues to try and make sure we do something right for the economy and right for jobs, and a balanced package as we go forward," he said.

The vote comes a day after Vice President Biden made clear to House Democrats behind closed doors that the deal would unravel if any changes were made.

"Wow did the [White House] mishandle this," a senior House Democratic Source told CNN. "Breathtaking. Members have major substantive concerns and they should have gently guided people to the finish line."

Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon said: "They said take it or leave it. We left it."

He added the caucus resolution is technically not binding, but believes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "will follow the wishes of her caucus."

The vote came less than an hour after Obama himself urged Congress to pass the compromise he struck with GOP leaders earlier this week and warned that failing to do it could cost jobs.

"There is an important debate on Capitol Hill that will determine in part whether our economy moves backward or forward," Obama said at an Export Council meeting. "The bipartisan framework we have forged on taxes will not only protect working Americans from seeing a major tax increase on January 1, it will provide businesses with incentives to invest, grow, and hire."

"Every economist I have talked to or read over the last couple of days acknowledges that this agreement would boost economic growth in the coming years and has the potential to create millions of jobs," Obama continued. "The average American family will start 2011 knowing that there will be more money to pay the bills each month, more money to pay for tuition, more money to raise their children," he said. "But if this framework fails, the reverse is true. Americans will see it in smaller paychecks that will have the effect of fewer jobs."

– CNN's Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


Filed under: House Democrats • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Obama

    Has no friends in DC it appears...

    December 9, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. hate-sucks

    About time they developed a spine – too bad they failed to do so the last 2 years – but, better late then never.

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. ThePres

    seems to have no friends in D.C.

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. RICO

    Take out the inheratence tax break, and I bet you it would pass.

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    The astounding nerve of this mess of House Democrats is not too horrible in light of their imminent departure fron Washington.
    They simply represent an extension of the Great Obama Error, which we are in the process of correcting.

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Ken

    ROFLMAO - What fools these Democrats be. The Republicans won't budge, and nothing will pass. Come January after the House returns to sensible people, those 63 new bodies will approve this package, which will go to the Senate and will be approved as well. They'll simply tack on wording to make the changes retroactive to January 1st. And done. And the whole time the Republicans will berate the Democrats for refusing to support the deal, for pushing a tax increase on all Americans, and then make themselves out to be the heros voting in an actual tax cut in the beginning of the year. This is the greatest win possible for the Republicans, all due to Democrat stupidity and egos. LOL!!

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. yomammy

    wow- and you lefties were complaining about th erepublican "acting like babies and taking thier ball home, etc, etc..."

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Tom Hutchinson

    Good for the Democrats, stand up for what you believe. I am someone who makes less than 30,000. I would
    rather see my taxes go up than give tax cuts to the rich. They don't need it.

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. travis fisher

    Is this all part of a greater plan to take over the united states?

    December 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. vacman

    I must admit, it's fun watching the liberal Democrats kill and eat their young. This is great entertainment. Now the Dems know what it feels like to have something shoved down their throats as they did to us with Obamacare. I rate it 5 stars out of 5.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. larrywi

    Talk about disparity, the friggin dems can't even get along with themselves, and yet they chide the Rpubs for not playing well together. They are all a bunch of frigging babies!!

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. John

    Democrats, the party of No.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. PassThePopcorn

    Blue on blue!! Love it! Destroy each other, libs!!!!! Hahahhahahahaha

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. frets

    Thank God or Moses or Ala or Alibaba that some common sense has prevailed. This failed bill will open the door to destruction of social security by the domestics terrorists i.e. republicans and will NOT provide stimulus. In fact it will lead to further middle class decline as the working people and middle class pick up the tab for the bill for the wealthy class in the years to come. It is unfortunate that we are going to see harder times, especially the unemployed until this is resolved but the right is running a war on the middle class and to use their own wording, those who are hurt by their malfeasance are just collateral damage as they continue their class warfare on those below them. Why working people, baggers and repubs cannot see that the middle class is being blackmailed by the right is beyond thinking. Where are the baggers and working class repubs as they are being stomped into non existence by their masters? All you obama bots better take this as a sign. Neither obama or the terrorists are working for you.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Michelle

    Why won't they let people have at least some tax cut relief? Don't they understand that if the middle class goes then the entire economic class goes too? The middle class basically holds up the entire economic class. I say that they should lower the taxes, and let people start going to stores again to buy things, causing people to have money for taxes. All classes except the rich should have a tax cut because the rich are rich. They have money. They can pay a little more so our economic goes back on track.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. seriously

    You can explain it over and over to democrats, yet they still don't pass the bill. They have it so made up in their heads that people that make over 250k are evil. Yet most of them make that much and more.. it doesn't make sense

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Cal

    Let the tax cuts expire. Let the GOP squirm. DEMS hold the Senate and the Presidency still in January. The middle class tax cut is dead because the GOP killed it in the Senate. Let the GOP explain this to the American people. Middle class tax cut is dead because the GOP want to blackmail America and will not pass it beacause they want to help their Millionaire and Billionaire friends.....

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Dave Elliott

    I'm glad to see some democrates have balz. Even if Obama doesn't. There is no way the tax cuts for the rich should continue. And that way the unemployment extension is paid for. Then move on to the Start Treaty.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. yomammy

    at least the left is in step with their president...oh...snap....

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. vlj in mn

    Simple solution. Take out the cuts for the wealthy and pass it! The wealthy will pocket the extra. I fall into that group. My spending habits will not change. Corporations will do the same. They're pocketing the profits, not hiring.

    December 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Name

    I say let them expire. If obama wants to break a campaign promise and sellout, do it on somone else's time.

    December 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Agnim

    Good news!
    Best news in a long time!
    Win for Obama & Win for dems!

    The stupid bush tax cut MUST DIE!
    Reagan I & Reagan II under the incompetent bush, allowed the nation's wealth to the GREEDY business people without ENSURING that they would provide jobs, etc for Americans. What kind of a childish strategy is that?

    If the deceptive republicons want to allow the nation's wealth to the greedy, then THERE SHOULD BE GUARANTEE of job-creation in return.

    In other words, you can have the tax cut for the wealthy if millions of jobs are created in return.
    If jobs are not created, then the wealthy MUST pay the back taxes! It's that simple.

    Without such stipulations and guarantees, what would be the incentive for the wealthy to invest the nation's wealth for the common good?
    Without such stipulations and guarantees, the wealth would just sit on the nation's wealth or GAMBLE IT AWAY, destroy the economy and drive up the deficit and debt. This is the history under reagan and bush! Wake up, Americans!

    Clintonomics has been the most productive and most successful economic policies of ANY Presidents!
    Yet many mindless Americans continue to push the FAILED, record debt, record deficit and financial-corruption creating policies of reagan-bush? Wake up, Americans!

    December 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. John Y Des Plaines

    GREAT news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Midwest

    OK – then as a payroll accountant for a major metropolitan city – When are you going to get us the new/revised tax schedules to implement for 2011? So us average Americans can expect to start the 2011 tax year with the correct rates about June 2011? Because we average Americans Accountants know how well thought out the tax rates were for the Stimulus fiasco that was ready/required to be implemented April 1 2009 (April 1 – fools legislation – that fits)

    "The average American family will start 2011 knowing that there will be more money to pay the bills each month, more money to pay for tuition, more money to raise their children," he said. "But if this framework fails, the reverse is true. Americans will see it in smaller paychecks that will have the effect of fewer jobs."

    December 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. mttrailboss

    I agree with the majority of people. I voted for a the wrong guy and that includes Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. With this tax deal and NO raise for senior citizens and people on Social Security with the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) again for 2010 and 2011. Our backs are right up against the wall and hurting.., including for Christmas. Thank you, Mr. President, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid for nothing. I thought after I read many stories in the news media, that we, senior citizens and people on Social Security were going to receive 'something' in place of the NO cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) rasie for 2010 and 2011. Guess not.., another give in my our President and Speaker of the House promise or was it a lie ? With the economy, current recession, unemployment, food and gas prices going up each month.., so much for saving or for that matter.., Christmas for the family. Thanks federal government, your doing a great job of digging a bigger deep hole for the nation. Wish someone in Washington would keep their promise or promises. Wishfull thinking, I guess. Merry Christmas everybody.., I'll be down at the soup kitchen, trying to eat and stay warm. Mike in Montana

    December 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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