House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill
December 9th, 2010
11:32 AM ET
3 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. tom

    nice job dumacrats do just not get it! You will in two years!

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Steeve Vilbrun

    What's going on? Can we the people vote by calling in a number and then enter our social security to vote on those issue, Then we will get the real vote, don't we the citizen has a right to vote on issue like that. Don't we the citizen that is in Matter, why we living our lives dependent on some RICH people all they do it's sit down and votes opposite and then go eat and be all friend behind close doors. We failed to vote for Change, and We cannot bring it back but the only way it's to let the US CITIZEN Votes upon those issues.

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. GSD

    This is suicidal for House Democrats. Next election they won't even win the number of seats they have.

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    Let the tax cuts expire Repubs!! I would love for all Americans to get a tax increase thanks to Dems!! I am not considered rich by Obama's criteria and would profit from a middle class tax break but I believe this furthers this class warfare BS that this administration has pursued.. Lets all feel some pain rather than singling out one class to pay more than their fair share just because they are succesful.. Screw these Liberal Dem DA's...

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. John Q.

    I have to laugh... now who is being obstructionist! Get a grip Progressives, at least Obama can see the writing on the wall, and doesn't want to go down with you. It seems Dems always eat their own eventually.

    December 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Chris

    Not good. I really think the President has a good handle on this issue. All of a sudden the Democrats are the "party of NO."

    December 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. tetter

    now will all the libs start calling the dems the party of NO? let's all work together...what a crock these scum dems are

    December 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Marge

    Surrounding himself with holdover republicans and wall street insiders has done Obama in. Now trying to scare the Democrats in congress one of the republicans in Obamas inner circle says we will have more recession if the Democrats don't give the richest of the rich tax cuts. Bull crappy. The rich don't need more tax cuts. If Obama does not clean house and I mean in all the departments in this administration, like the justice department he will continue his down slide. These people are trojan horses who do not want Obama and the Democrats to succeed. Look at the Justice Department official who let the case drop about the attorneys – she was a republican holdover. And look at Holder he is a timid as Obama. What's with these two are they afraid to assert themselves. Obama promised to HELP THE PUBLIC all he has done since he took office is side with the republicans. I think if he doesn't backbone up....he will face a primary challenge and he will loose to that primary person. He is sending the Democrats down the tubes.

    December 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Tony

    If nothings happens with these idiots in Washington, watch the suicide rate go up!

    December 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Fred

    wow. these democrats just wont go away. even as lame ducks they continue to act undemocratically. shoving bills that even they havent read and that we oppose down our throats. and killing deals that all polls now show 60-70% of the public like. truly despots. imagine what the scalpcount will be for the Rs in 2012. dems, please, just go away. with your failed keynsianism. your failed central econ planning. your nanny statism. your amnesty. your everything else. JUST LEAVE US ALONE for god sake. stop trying to "help" us and run our lives. please please. just. go. away.

    December 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Alex

    Hey dems, you just lost me as a voter

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Steve

    Someone didn't get the memo. I thought the American public was pretty vocal in calling for action. I'm really confused!

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The United States policy is not to negotiate with terrorists or hostage takers. I commend House Democrats for standing by their values and for doing what is right for the people. I will hate to see taxes go up on the middle class at the beginning of the year, but these are the kind of tactics democrats and the White House will have to use so that the republican fascists don't hold bills hostage. Our national securuty is at stake, and Sen. Kyl is holding the START Treaty hostage.

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Robert

    Its going to be a better deal when 63 less democrats are in power. Obama is such a lame duck and Pelosi and Reid are clueless, raising taxes on anyone in a recession is truly idiotic! Progressives feel that when your successful its the govt. job to redistribute the money to those less fortunate. Its called socialism and it never works. Its a reason you were voted out of power in the house. 53 straight weeks of higher unemployment, what leadership!

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Gerald Butler

    Typical democrat mess up. Figures.

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. DrFood

    ...and life goes on.

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Religious Sects

    Finally the Pres actually worked with the Reps (albiet kicking & screaming) and now we see the Dems playing partisan politics ... again, sour grapes I say.

    December 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. oh dear

    If you can't even lead your own party then you sure as hell can't lead a country. Just goes to show that the dems are equally guity in playing politics just like the GOP. Both parties corrupt to the core.

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Mark

    After reading this, I am grateful that the Democrats will no longer control the ouse in 2011.

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Phil

    "Every economist ..." As if economists are divine or something. The bald reality is that in the US the rich are getting richer and the rest of us aren't. And they don't want to sacrifice anything while the rest must. Greed is not good; greed has become their God.

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. areyoualibturd

    This is EXACTLY why idiot democrats got hammered in the elections. They are totally out of touch with reaLITY AND ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR SPECIAL INTERESTS and agenda.
    Liberals will eat their own young for self preservation...

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. DoubleDare

    "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."

    So maintaining the existing tax rate means people have more money... I didn't get mugged today so I guess I'm richer! Cool!

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Henke

    Obama is a weak president! I hope the House keep defying him on this.

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Kimberly

    This is some bullcrap. So the democrats are going to let the middle class suffer by letting taxes increase while we are barley making it. How are we going to continue to survive with increased taxes, higher food cost, higher gas price. Get off your soap box and make the deal happen!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Anonymous

    They shouldn't extend 13 month tax break for the rich. They have already sent most jobs out for out source over sea. And quit frankly I'm tired of talking to people who don't understand while reading a manual to help me over the phone. And I can't understand them. Their should be a stimpulation on this. They need to tax these company for jobs that went over sea and if they want a take brake. Show us first where is the creation of jobs for the US. Because if we give them this. they will keep doing what they been doing noyhing and getting richer.

    December 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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