House won't vote on any deal until after cliff deadline
December 31st, 2012
02:17 PM ET
2 years 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. Jay

    USELESS BAGS OF GARBAGE – NORQUIST LOVING TRAITORS! Go ahead and get out the door so you can enjoy your hard fought victory then do the American People a REAL favor – DON"T COME BACK!

    December 31, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Steve

    If the republicans think waiting a day will show something, they are right. It will show it's time for them to go.

    December 31, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Willie Floyd

    Keep the phone lines to all these jerks ringing non-stop!! Don't be shy when saying what you think!!

    December 31, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Yeoomala

    For every congress person, immediately stop their pay and freeze their expense accounts until they finish this. I don't care if it doesn't matter to them when they vote, but it does to many of us they supposedly represent. I'm tried of these babies whining and acting immature. I'd love to see all of them shown the door and I mean all of them!

    December 31, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. innersixx

    so much for a deal being "very very close"

    December 31, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Pete/Ark

    "mine is bigger than yours" ...childish nonsense on both sides ...then they'll all say "it wasn't me, it was somebody else"' we need to start electing adults.

    December 31, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. MrManhattan

    Wow, it really looks like the teabaggers are going to shut down the country. Way to go, traitors!

    December 31, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Reeaaally

    So we have been anticipating a bill that the House republicans would approve! I thought Boehner was playing a game with, it's all in the Senates hands now and then we will act. I thought he played this card to blame Senate democrats. What a piece of work he is, to his demise. I guess his "Speaker of the House" position is more important to him than America. 2014 here we come!!!! I will do whatever necessary to survive until then. Hey, we can survive, it's the wealthy white men that may have a problem. Time to show these people the 98% matter more than the 1%. As Senator Harkin said, " "No deal is better than a bad deal".

    December 31, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Tom

    This is ridiculous.
    They should stay all night if need be.
    Enough with those stupid games and wasting time.

    December 31, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. William Cardenas

    Millionaire Congressmen Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan (aka. Lying Ryan) could care less about YOUR taxes going up!!!!

    December 31, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. gb333

    Funny how a few months before last November things were looking good for the Republican ticket.

    They were poised to take some seats, and the presidency. Then the whole world saw that they would play politics over doing whats good for the USA.

    I claim Libertarian because in my lifetime I have seen Republicans spend madly and and grow government rapidly.

    They are not the fiscally conservative party. Have not been for more than 30 years.

    They are a completely failed party.

    December 31, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "The House cannot vote on a piece of legislation that does not exist yet ..."

    By sending his folks home early, Boehner is signalling that it doesn't what the Senate does today.

    December 31, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. bobden

    John Bonehead, you are FIRED.

    December 31, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. PS

    "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."

    Right. As if We the People are that stupid that we can't see through it. Nobody can deny it now – the GOP really does not care about the benefit or welfare of this country... and to think I used to vote Republican. Ugh! There is not enough kerosene to scrub that off my conscience!

    December 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Janice

    Astonishing demonstration of complete and total incompetence. Self interest and hidden agendas win over common sense. The world watches in amazement at this stupidity.

    December 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. zon

    Yet another reason to consider the Republican Party worthless.

    December 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. JohnnyYuma61

    It's a spending problem not a revenue problem

    December 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Rob

    The best part is this is a problem written, designed and created by republicans and the tea party and now they get ALL for the "credit." The funny thing is this is going to lead to a mid term land slide and the democrats will control the House, Senate and Executive branch.

    December 31, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. thepctechinjersey

    Congrats to the Republicans.... they've just consigned themselves to the dustbin of irrelevant political parties: the Whigs, the Tories, and now, the Republican Party..

    December 31, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Indiana Voter

    Look at all you liberals whine. It is so funny.
    -------------------

    Whine? Not hardly. We are LAUGHING at the most inept House of Representatives in history.

    December 31, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. L

    R.I.P Republican Party

    December 31, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. bobden

    No pay for anyone who accepted Norquist's bribe.

    December 31, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Ron

    So I guess you liberals posting on here would rather the House vote on a piece of legislation which does not exist (incomplete) as the Senate has not yet finalized or voted on it
    or the House vote at 2 or 3 in the morning when they are half a sleep and do not know what it is they are voting on
    The House actually passed a bill back in August democrats in the Senate never even took it in to consideration
    Of course the Democrats voted in Obamacare before ever reading the 1200 page bill and did not know much of the taxes, fees and regulations buried in it
    Pelosi said there would be time to read it after it was voted on, (how stupid is that)

    December 31, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. bcrunner

    They want cover to show that they voted for a tax cut instead to increase taxes.. Whatever!! Just get the job done!!

    December 31, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Rob

    It is people like the folks in the house now that are giving civil government employee's like me a bad reputation. If people in my job or in the private industry tried to pull a stunt like this because it's night time or they "might" argue something in their favor in the morning, we'd be fired. At the very least reprimanded for not complete a huge assignment, like this is, on the deadline given. This is total cow dung.

    People complain and are furious at these actions but how many will remember this anger and disappointment when it comes time for elections?

    December 31, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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