House won't vote on any deal until after cliff deadline
December 31st, 2012
02:17 PM ET
1 year ago

House won't vote on any deal until after cliff deadline

UPDATE 4:03 p.m. ET: The House of Representatives will not vote Monday on any potential fiscal cliff deal, meaning the U.S. is technically headed over the fiscal cliff. The House will wrap up Monday around 6:30 p.m. ET. After a House GOP Conference meeting at 5 p.m. ET they will have one vote series and then head out for the evening.

Washington (CNN) – House GOP sources told CNN the House is increasingly unlikely to vote on any fiscal cliff package until New Year's Day, after the midnight deadline and after tax rates have technically already gone up.

The reason is partly about process, but the benefit is political.

House GOP sources said the main reason the House is not likely to vote before the deadline is because the deal is not yet done, and it still has to go through the Senate–which takes time.

GOP leaders prefer to vote in broad daylight, sources said, instead of in the middle of the night.

"There is no difference in voting at 2 a.m. than tomorrow at 4 p.m.," one of the GOP sources said.

GOP sources admitted there is an added benefit to the Senate's delay: taxes would already be up, so lawmakers could argue that they are voting for tax cuts, as opposed to tax increases.

One GOP source also said that may help get more House Republicans to vote for the deal.

"I wouldn't overestimate it, but a handful may be the difference we need," the source said.

Publicly, House Republican leaders and aides say they remain in a holding pattern until details are released from negotiations between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and members are being told to stick around the Capitol.


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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. janelle

    They all need to go!! Top to bottom, no one, not one single person in our government has shown any understanding whatsoever of what it means to be good stewards of the public monies. I say recall them all, every single one, including the President.

    December 31, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. CarolinaGirl

    Oh I can't believe the GOP can go back and say they voted for tax decreases. And these folks are our leaders? The American people better get smart and vote the idiots out.

    December 31, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Willie Floyd

    I'm not sure who is dumber–house Reps. or the idiots who voted them in.

    December 31, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. G Smith

    The GOP Controlled House of Representatives is in my opinion...lower than dirt !!!

    I hope The People remember this in two years and vote those SOB's out of Office.

    December 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. FOX NEWS: The dung beetle of journalism.

    Glad to see Congress found a way to stop time.

    So, does this mean we can all pay our taxes on 4/16 and it will be free of the late penalty?

    December 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. deeceeuci

    So the same plan in front of the GOP tomorrow looks like a plan to decrease taxes so some would then be ok with it, while that plan today is just a plan to increase taxes for 2% of the country so they won't be ok with it.

    Does this seem like the definition of petty and stupid? It does to me. Both sides need a time out, but the GOP takes the cake day in and day out.

    December 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Harry From Pa

    Lets put their paychecks on the line, I bet they would have it fixed asap.

    December 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. ANN

    The world did not come to an end on Dec 21 and it will not end tonight at midnight! If this bill was so important why did elected officials not start negotiating 2 years ago???

    December 31, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    Taxes go up after midnight and I say........Yeah. However, this just means that Norquist wins, they get to honor their treasonous pledge to him by not voting for a tax raise. The GOP.........what a joke. Vote every last one of them out of office, take away all their medical benefits, and retirement plans. Not deserving of the respect of any American.

    December 31, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Susan

    This Congress will be long remembered as so unproductive that it's criminal – and I certainly that hope the Tea Party contingency owns their dogged obstructionism when the impacts of the plunge over the cliff play out and that the wingnuts who voted for them see the light before the next elections...one can wish...

    December 31, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Ray/NH

    Politicians are not the only ones to blame. US citizens have expected Congress to put off paying our debt for some time. When will we accept the responsibility?

    Obama had the bankers in the most vulnerable position where we could have made financial reform ( separating commercial and investment baking – a lesson learned from 1929 ), but he blinked and rewarded those responsible for the recession.

    Republicans have stood their ground on the principle that higher tax rates are not the answer for our national financial crisis. Democrats have stood their ground on wanting the wealthy to pay more while not reigning in government spending. You don't really believe a debt can cause harm, try telling China we can't pay them their $5 trillion!

    We are a nation of free people too interested in short-term gratification. While you debate the consequences of the fiscal cliff, maybe you should explain to your children and grand children why they will be making payments on the national debt for decades to come that you benefit from today. I remember the goal was to hand down the nation to the next generation in better shape than we received it. How things change.

    December 31, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. rpr

    Let me get this straight: instead of doing their jobs and meeting the deadline, they're leaving for the day, presumably going out to party and ring in the new year? When the rest of us don't meet the deadlines at our jobs, we get fired.

    December 31, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. scott

    Up to this point I have backing Republicans, today is it, the Republicans are no longer a sane party. Come 2014 I will vote against anyone from the current congress running for office

    December 31, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Ron

    The House cannot vote on a piece of legislation that does not exist yet
    Until the Senate finish and votes on it the House has nothing to consider
    the House of Rep actually passed a bill back in August which the Senate Democrats refused to consider
    and to BeverlyNC there is no such thing as a filibuster in the House, it is only done in the Senate
    Better to keep you quiet let people think you are a fool that speak out and remove all doubt

    December 31, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. mcskadittle

    then we need to impeach each one of the house members, for breaking their Oath of office

    December 31, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. chedar888

    Its now up to the american people to rise and let the congress know they are not going to leave the american people hanging with their stupidity!. Do not be gullible the coming 2014 is all I can say. Get rid of those Tea Party endose congressmen. Otherwise, it will be the demise of the american economy.

    December 31, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. steve thomas

    Come on people your not following the whole story. The house is doing their part turning down the heat and turn off the lights. That would be better than pay and benefits cuts. We are just poor and don't understand

    December 31, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Wow

    The markets will crash on wednesday

    December 31, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. steve-0

    The tea party terrorists won't stop until they fly planes into buildings. Death to everyone to keep these historically low, economy crushing tax cuts for the super wealthy

    December 31, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Robert L, NH

    Thanks to the House Republicans for going home and shoving the United States over the fiscal cliff. My taxes (and virtually all citizens) go up in 7 hours. I believe Republicans have dramatically demonstrated how much they care about American citizens and the stablity of our Country and the world. Happy New Year John Boehner !

    December 31, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Indiana Voter

    Look at all you liberals whine. It is so funny. This is what you voted for, so stop whining and own it. This President will go down as having the highest tax increase in U.S. history under his watch, not only because of the scary "fiscal cliff," but because of the bloated Obama-care bill as well. Get used to not having money liberals.

    December 31, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. jpmichigan

    The House has passed numerous bills that the Senate refuses to acknowledge. Waiting until the last minute is a game played by Obama and the Democrats. Well, I for one am not surprised, what else could one expect from the Democrats and Obama that for nearly 4 years could not get a budget Passed.. Mr. Reid is the leader , like Obama in name only! I have paid taxes when I worked and still pay taxes now that I am retired. There are those that never paid any taxes and they have more then those who do.

    December 31, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. NFL1

    For any worker...you stay till your work is done... how can they in good conscience just leave without voting? No debate needed...didn't the GOP house say they'd vote for whatever the Senate passes?

    December 31, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. ReginaS

    We need to cut their pay checks instead of social security or medicare. See how fast they reach an agreement of this then. If their pay depended on them actually DOING their jobs we wouldn't have this problem.

    December 31, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. chupacabra

    Don't ya just love the drama !!!!!!!!!! Wait till the last minute and then some...makes one think it was all planned..?

    December 31, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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