September 29th, 2010
08:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats narrowly pass resolution to adjourn before elections

(CNN) - House Democratic leaders barely headed off a revolt Wednesday from 39 moderate Democrats who sided with Republicans and voted against a procedural resolution that would let Congress adjourn before the midterm elections.

GOP leaders framed the measure as a de facto vote on agreeing to leave Washington without voting on whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year. The Democrats who split with their party face tough re-election battles and didn't want to give the GOP a political talking point by going on record that they were ready to leave without taking up the issue.

The measure ultimately passed 210-209, allowing Congress to officially leave town after it finishes business likely late Wednesday night. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who rarely votes on these routine resolutions, had to step in and break the tie.

House GOP Leader John Boehner took to the House floor before the vote, signaling Republicans were going to use the adjournment vote against Democrats. "The idea that we are going to leave here and not extend all of the current tax rates to end the uncertainty is an irresponsibility on the part of this Congress. And how any member can vote to adjourn and punt this into a lame duck session I think is putting your election above the needs of your constituents."

Many of the Democrats who broke ranks were already on record in a letter earlier this month to Pelosi urging a short-term extension of all current tax rates, even those for the wealthy.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders continued to hold open the option until early Wednesday that the House could vote on a bill to extend tax cuts for families making $250,000 or less, and individuals making $200,000 or less. But because of the deep divisions within the Democratic caucus, leaders conceded that there would be no vote before the election.

Filed under: 2010 • Congress • Democrats • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. rob

    Again, proof that Congress is broken!

    September 29, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Boehner can go pound sand. The GOP in the Senate is the block. That's his party. He wants tax cuts, talk to them They're not doing anything. they stopped hundreds of bills because they're bought and paid for political hacks.

    September 29, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. The reality is...

    Wow! It seems like Pelosi and her liberal friends are getting revenge on the voters ahead of time – she must be certain she and the libs are all going to be booted out in November.

    September 29, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. New Age Independant

    Can it be more obvious that Democrats dont really give a damn about this country? They care more for their own power, than they do the livelihood of the American people. It's decisions like these that validate my move from their party. Their greed and corruption is limitless, and they will do anything to maintain power, even at the expense of our own citizens.

    September 29, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. cane pazzo

    More posturing from the Dinos (Democrats in name only). Now they can go back to their districts an honestly claim they were against leaving with some much work to be done while knowing full well the resolution would pass.


    September 29, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. jim

    Well isn't this just like a bunch of overpaid representives.They have worked so hard for the people and they can't wait to get back home to tell uswhat great things they've done for the country.

    September 29, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. valwayne

    Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat are so corrupt its unbelievable. Look at the corrupt farce the Democrats played here? Nancy Pelosi counted down to the exact number of votes she needed, and then let the rest of the Democrats pretend to join the Republicans. When all these Democrats start telling you this fall that they don't and won't support Nancy Pelosi and the corrupt Democratic left wing agenda just look at this vote. If Nancy Pelosi and Obama need them to vote they will. The only way to end the corruption in Nancy Pelosi's swamp is to fire every Democrat on the ballot in Nov.

    September 29, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Snow

    And the demorats vote to scurry out of town without taking care of the pending tax increase coming on 01 January. Kinda looks like roaches running when the lights are turned on. Then you have rats deserting obama's sinking ship, well big changes are coming to DC after the mid term elections.

    September 29, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. OH YEAH?

    Democrats have no backbone and Republicans wanted to "get out town" just as much as dems. (Or have they already left?)

    September 30, 2010 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Once again congress fails the little guy.
    But not to worry the rethugs are going to do everything they didn't do in the eight years of the shrub or the two years of President Obama and it will all happen AFTER the November elections! No solutions, nothing new to tell us before though.

    September 30, 2010 06:11 am at 6:11 am |