December 14th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Fiscal cliff delays holiday homecoming for Congress

Washington (CNN) – In what now seems like a fairy tale scenario, Friday was supposed to conclude the 112th Congress, with members heading home for holiday cheer with their loved ones.

Many are leaving town, including House Speaker John Boehner, but they'll be back next week as the year-end deadline looms for the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff that economists fear could bring a recession.

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  1. rs

    Congress should be locked up until there is a solution, period. Then we just need to lock up the GOP- they are way too dangerous to be allowed to try to run America.

    December 14, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Tommy G

    The House has already passed the extension of all the current tax rates and sent it to the Senate where Harry Reid has refused to allow a vote on it , I believe. This could have been easily solved many months ago but Obama and the Democrats have placed their far left class warfare philosophy over the good of the nation.

    December 14, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Don't forget, folks. Pres. Obama and Spkr. Boehner had worked out a multi-trillion dollar "grand deal" and the Tea Party House *rejected* it in favor of a sequestration bill.

    You see, the Tea Party had this grand master plan to put spending cuts into law, win in 2012 the way they did in 2010, which included winning the White House. Then the lame duck session would claim a mandate, and revise the sequestered cuts and taxes to their liking, steam rolling the Democrats That was Plan A, which failed. Plan B? Plan B is to continue with Plan A because they don't have another leg to stand on.

    December 14, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Many are leaving town, including House Speaker John Boehner, but they'll be back next week as the year-end deadline looms for the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff that economists fear could bring a recession."

    Yeah, well. They don't call us a doom and gloom society for nothing. At best all tax cuts will revert to where they should have remained once GW chose to declare two wars, reward Rx companies who then deluged us with one television commercial after another for 8 straight years, give first time homeowners a zero down payment on mortgages they shouldn't have qualified for to begin with, declared No Child Left Behind without proper funding, set up Homeland Security without proper funding ... have I left anything out?

    Ah, those years of prosperity before GW ransacked our coffers were good for ALL Americans, yes?

    December 14, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Willard

    Please, Dear God, get another bad weather, so they can't return to DC! Let them all stay home (snow, ice, etc.), until January 30, 2013. This way we can get rid of all of them!
    Thanks, God!

    December 14, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Pappy

    So many know so little, its no wonder where we are

    December 14, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    to Lynda/Minnesota

    It's a minor expense, I know, but you left off the automatic pay raises for Congress. Their cost of living hike is computed differently from retirees, and now Congress wants to shrink Social Security COL further, to pay for tax cuts.

    Not a big expense, but a big irritant.

    December 14, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    Don't forget, folks. Pres. Obama and Spkr. Boehner had worked out a multi-trillion dollar "grand deal" and the Tea Party House *rejected* it in favor of a sequestration bill.
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    Total lie Rudy. They rejected nothing. The deal feel through when Obama wanted another $400 billion in new taxes after they had basically agreed on everything. Obama just didn't want an agreement.

    December 14, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Bhimrao

    I have no sympathy for the congress having to come back next week. They work too few hours a week for us anyway. They have a lot benefits and perks and a lot of poliitical and legislative power. If they were sensible enough to work to the goal of 'what is good for Americans' and not for their ideologies and political aims, they would have gotten us off the cliff.

    December 14, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G wrote:

    Total lie Rudy. They rejected nothing. The deal feel through when Obama wanted another $400 billion in new taxes after they had basically agreed on everything. Obama just didn't want an agreement.
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    No, Tommy. The deal had always included new revenue. it was modeled after Simpson-Bowles to a large extent. they claimed it was new, but that was the content of the deal that Boehner had worked out. The Tea Party rejected the compromise because it included higher taxes.

    They were for the sequestration bill, which would put into law even deeper entitlement cuts. They figured they would win big in 2012, and have the luxury of restoring defense spending while leaving entitlement cuts as is. Ditto, on the taxes. The plan was to roll back the payroll tax cut, reduce unemployment, etc. Problem is that they lost the elections in 2012, across the board, in decisive fashion. Now they're stuck trying to save face.

    December 14, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G wrote:

    Total lie Rudy. They rejected nothing. The deal feel through when Obama wanted another $400 billion in new taxes after they had basically agreed on everything. Obama just didn't want an agreement.
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    "they rejected nothing" ??? Yet, somehow the "deal fell through". Self contradictory statements there, pal.

    December 14, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. PJ

    Boo-hoo. They have to delay going home to "spend the holidays with their loved ones".
    Cry me a river.
    How about they start cutting their own perks. Pay for everything out of thier salaries like normal people do. That
    means, health care, stamps, travel, any and all expenses relating to thier job. Most of them are
    millionaires anyway. Or, we could pay them by the hour and begin with minimum wage for the newbies.
    They can have a "cost of inflation raise" based on performance. Bet they would all quit.
    If they can't 'survive' on $174,000/year, then they need to takes lessons from the middle class or get a good,
    swift kick over the cliff.
    Oh, I forgot, the House holds the purse strings. How convenient.

    December 14, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Ha,Ha,
    This is what happens when you put someone else in charge of you life. Sooner or later you will discover you need to take care of yourself. It is time to send all Social Programs back to the States where each state can decide what to do with them. You keep voting for these Pie in the Sky Programs. Then try to Tax the people that work out of their own money. There is an old saying out there folks. Maybe you've heard it. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. What that means, in Plain English is, before you ask someone else to pick up after you, you try to do it yourself. Try it, you'll like it.

    December 14, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. LIP

    Why can't they split the difference. The Republicans ask for the bar to be raised from 250k to 750k and tax the remainder and the Democrats/Obama give up that portion, still getting the wealthy, but not so many of the small businesses and then do the same for the entitlements...each give up something so they all feel like they didn"t cave in entirely. Then we can all get back to our lives knowing that compromise does work as long as everyone gives up something to get most of what they want.

    December 14, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |