December 21st, 2012
10:06 AM ET
6 years ago

GOP disarray jeopardizes fiscal cliff deal

Washington (CNN) - Republican disarray over taxes forced House Speaker John Boehner to drop his alternative proposal to a fiscal cliff deal, leaving the negotiations in limbo Friday - 11 days before automatic tax increases on everyone.

Boehner said at a news conference Friday morning that his Republican colleagues refused to back his plan because of what he called unfounded fears of being blamed for a tax increase.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Boehner should step down as Speaker if he can't control his own caucus. Right now Pelosi has more support than Boehner.

    December 21, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Oh, just let it go, John. We working folks will just pay a little more in taxes after we sail over the cliff .... and then vote you guys OUT in November 2014.


    December 21, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. rs

    What we are witnessing here is the disolution of the Republican Party. The truth is that there is now no one in authority for the President to negotiate with as it appears that Mr. Boehner has lost all control of the House GOP membership.As the membership appear to be taking their cues from Mr. Norquist (who first supported, then rejected Boehner's so-called "Plan-B"), and the other "Conservative" think tanks who are now (surprise) again rejecting raising taxes for the rich.

    Plan B was a disaster for the middle class- so it in itself it is no loss, but the GOP is now spinning leaderlessly out of control, and going home for the holidays presents a certain logistical problem with their "Fiscal Cliff" bill. It now appears we have no choice but to allow that bill to click into action January 1, and the CBO already predicts that our first Q economic activity will fall 4%- essentially re-starting the recession.

    Want an economic calamity? Vote GOP!

    December 21, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    The GOP has been in a disarray ever since November 2008, when a very tanned Senator Barack Obama was elected POTUS. From that day forward they have done everything in their power to bring him down. From pledging to make him a one term POTUS, to making negative remarks about him and his family, to questioning his birthplace to creating this Fiscal Cliff. It's time the GOP grew up and came to their senses and work with the POTUS, not against him. Had the GOP put as much effort into finding Bin Laden as they have in bringing down President Obama, he would have been caught YEARS ago.

    Get over it GOP, the Presidency is no longer the Good ole Boys Club.

    December 21, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. GuestAgain

    No disarray exists. They are doing what the conservative voters want and elected them to do.

    December 21, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Dave

    Congratulations Republicans. You just hung yourselves and you are all far too dumb to know it.

    December 21, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. jpmichigan

    is a great lack of common sense on the Hill, starting with the Oval Office. Obama wants more revenue in order to spend more, same applies to the Democrats. If they would take the extra revenue and pay down the deficit more Americans would be happier. The Republicans shield the rich and large corporations, in order to line their pockets. The American people are the ones who loose out. But not all Americans unless the fiscal cliff happens, for those who can work but choose not to for they receive more from government then they could earn. Spending is the problem and the loop holes available for the wealth . There will be no compromise in this White House and Congress, so prepare the best you can for every ones taxes going up and more spending happening.

    December 21, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. plain&simple

    I hope America can now see the 40 or so members of the house that are holding this countries fiscal well being hostage. Let the country express just how it feels that because a congressman from a small district in Kansas or Texas is PROTECTING his voters ...the rest of us get to pay higher taxes!!! His constituents get to do that as well. Wow!!!!

    December 21, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Malloy

    No surprises here. Beohner cannot deliver his own party. The Tea Party express is driving the Greedy Old Party off the fiscal cliff into the abyss of irrelevance. What a bunch of buffoons. But this is no surprise.

    December 21, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "GOP disarray jeopardizes fiscal cliff deal"

    Working as intended.

    December 21, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Obama wants more revenue in order to spend more, same applies to the Democrats."

    What are you deaf? Obama's entire campaign was about $1.00 of revenue for every $2.50 in cuts. That's what he ran on and that's what he's trying to get. If you'd leave the GOP/Teatroll echo chamber occassionally, you'd have known that and not sounded stupid.

    December 21, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Marie MD

    @Tony, unfortunately the alternate is cantor who is 100x worse than bo ner.
    The Virginia tea troll will do everything in his power to go against the President and US just as long as he gets his way.
    His yearbook quote was. "I want what I want when I want it". He is a spoiled demented man whose mother in law runs his home so he has to run the house to oblivion taking US all down with him to feel like the man he isn't.
    The stock market is already going down. We CANNOT afford another 2007-2008 market crash when the repug are trying to take everything from senior and the poor and the middle class in favor the 2%!

    December 21, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Honestly?

    This was a bad bill, but it doesn't matter. The Tea Party members have stated they'll not play any part in raising taxes. So middle-class taxes go up along w/ the wealthy: republicans, democrats, independents; young and old. Which class will be able to continue on relatively unscathed regardless of inaction and obstruction? Fiscally responsible? Please.

    The Tea Party will only be a bad footnote in my grandchildren's History books.

    December 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    This president is going off to Hawaii for an extended vacation while the country is going down the tubes. He refuses to compromise and is digging a deeper wedge between ideologies instead of compromising – still trying to blame the republicans – what a coward and manipulator.

    December 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. GuestAgain

    Go ahead and bite the hand that was trying to feed you by keeping your tax break in place liberals.....meal time is almost over.

    December 21, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. rla

    No -Both parties created this monster so they would not have to deal with something before the election! They are both some of the most stupid people we could have elected. Now its too late but the blame game is beyond stupid!

    December 21, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Name lynn

    no the world haven't been in a disarray scence 2008 the world been doing good its now with the wrong republican leader suppose to be in charge boehner hes not working with his own republicans now the democrates is trying hard to work them boehner needs to step down until they come to agreement on taxes for this year is out

    December 21, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. joe d

    So sad the shooter that killed the innocent in ct. diden't pay these dirty lowlife pigs in crongress a visit instead..I would have stood up and applauded

    December 21, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Jerubbaal


    The POTUS is the only one doing the responsible thing, not leaving DC to take the holiday vacation, unlike the Boehner and the House. The house has just abdicated their responsibilies to the American people, so now it is up to the POTUS, Sen Reid, and Cong Pelosi to save the day.

    December 21, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Brett H

    I see the dollar going down the toilet after this see how much that pile of cash your sitting on is worth after that, Mr Republican. Quit hugging your bedtime Grover Norquist doll and get the JOB DONE. The 99 percent will no longer stand the INEQUALITY that you have provided your buddies.

    December 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Wilson

    The nation is still reeling over the dreadful events in Newtown, Connecticut, one week ago. We mourn the tragic loss of life, and we weep and pray for the families who won't have a son or a daughter to open presents under the Christmas tree this year. We wish that we could, as one nation, just pause and reflect. The last thing we want is a political fight. But even so, we won't stand idly by while some use Newtown's pain to justify taking away our Liberty

    December 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. marita

    I truly hope, there will be enough left of our beautiful country to be saved after the next 4 years are up! – @ Marita.

    December 21, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Wilson

    Evil exists in the world, and yet too many people seem shocked that an evil man would take the lives of 20 six- and seven-year-old children, six adults at the school and even the life of his own mother. That isn't to say that the horrific crime isn't shocking, but it is to say a sober view of reality is needed.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Rudy NYC


    No disarray exists. They are doing what the conservative voters want and elected them to do.
    The disarray is as real as the bill Boehner had to withdraw. The disarray is as real as MicConnell filibustering his own bill. The disarry is as real as investigations the Republicans are conducting into why the were trounced in 2012 when they had fully expected a repeat of 2010.

    The voters want compromise. Conservative voters want whatever their "leaders" tell them that they should want.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. cybervigilante

    Republicans are totally unable to govern, economically, for fear of their billionaire buddies. But they will stand as one in support of the NRA. This party no longer works for the people – only for special interests.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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