BREAKING: House Democratic leaders pull the tax bill from the House floor
December 16th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
12 years ago

BREAKING: House Democratic leaders pull the tax bill from the House floor

Washington (CNN) - As the debate over how the tax cut bill will be brought to the floor and voted on was wrapping up, House Democratic leaders abruptly PULLED the "rule" from the floor because they don't know if they have enough votes to even bring the tax bill to the floor, according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.

Before the debate on the tax bill starts, the House first needs to pass the rule on how the debate and votes will go, with a simple majority vote. Because Republicans will all vote against the rule set by Democratic leaders – Pelosi and Democratic leaders need to pass the rule just with Democratic votes.

With so many House Democrats unhappy with the tax bill, many don't want to even bring it up, so leaders pulled the bill and are "whipping it" according to the Democratic leadership aide – counting to make sure they can even pass the rule.

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  1. GI Joe

    Good – the lying republicans will NOT do anything to help the U.S. once the money is borrowed and handed out to theirbest friends in the upper class. Nancy Pelosi IS NOT BAWLING LIKE A BABY. Let us watch the tan man again (with his alcohol-induced dementia-related mental breakdowns).

    December 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. John

    "Wait until the bill is passed and then you'll find out what's in it." - N.Pelosi

    December 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. mgc florida

    They screw this up and they won't have to worry about reelection in 12. Quit whinning about your idology and vote in the interest of the people.

    December 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. rob

    Hey all you who gripe about partisanship and Republicans saying "NO", we have a huge BI-PARTISAN agreement in the Senate for the tax bill...81 to 19. Where is all the cheering and back slapping from the news media and you WHINERS who post here endlessly.

    President Obama ADMITTED THAT KEEPING THE TAX RATES UNCHANGED WILL RAISE GDP BY AT LEAST A POINT AND SPUR PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH IN 2011 and the Republicans and most Dems AGREE!!! The LAME DUCK SPEAKER PELOSI is affraid to have this passed because it repudiates everything she believes in. But, President Obama knows its time to face REALITY. If he wants to be re-elected in 2012 he has to stimulate the private sector, in other words he will turn his back on the crazy left wing policies and do what needs to be done.

    December 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Well if this isn't the epitomy of INCOMPETENCE! Nancy Pelosi and her merry band of leftists can't get ANYTHING correct. Four years of this insanity is what has driven this country into the ground. Hopefully 2012 will see the end of the great DemocRAT Progressive Disaster these fools have brought upon us.

    December 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Ernest Pilgrim

    Why don't we just go to a straight tax. Everyone, regardless of income pays 10% federal and 4% state? Then everyone would take home 86 cents of every dollar earned which would alleviate the need for the government (our elected representatives who should be governing by the peoples' desires) formulating who gets tax cuts, how much of a tax cut, etc. As a veteran and a patriot, I feel our government has let us down. It's all about who is in power at the time and not about the nation. It's time for government to be accountable to the people who sent them there. Most of our elected officials need to review the Constitution, most have no idea what is in it and don't understand the concept for which it was written.

    December 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. scared

    What a bunch of morons in Washington. They are all a bunch of losers.

    December 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. all the news that's fit to omit

    Again, something else the Dimocrats are WRONG ON as the huge majority of AMERICANS (that leaves them out) are for this bill, but they need to play games.

    Play on libtards, see you in 2012.

    Nice effort shoving another trillion dollar porkulus down out throats as well but you geniuses keep voting these same moral cowards in.

    Oblunder finally does something SMART and RIGHT and his own party ruins it.

    2012 is going to be party time.......

    December 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Blaum

    what a catastophe..... Pelosi can't leave soon enough....

    December 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. The Other Michael in Houston

    Good, they should kill that bill and stick to the core democrat principles

    December 16, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    Is this politics at its best or a bunch of BULL CRAP???? I think it is BOTH – the BEST is coming out of everyone and it's still a lot of BULL CRAP!!!

    I have a heart for the DEMS because they are trying to STAND THEIR GROUND but it's too little too late!! The RepubliCAN'Ts are going to get more HELL out of this deal then the DEMS!!

    December 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Patrick Lewis

    Wait a second. ZERO republicans will vote for this? What kind of crap is that? Talk about your obstructionist tactics! The party of NO just went supersonic!

    December 16, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. t22

    Democrats have a hard time with this because for once they can raise taxes by simply not voting to keep taxes the same! The way this gets framed by both parties is pretty funny.

    December 16, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. james Miller

    This is just a glimpse of what`s to come ---- We`re seemingly hell bent on returning to the "good old days" my dad referred to (30`s Great Depression) when everyone was beyond poor, except the super rich who were just like vultures and feasting on all the "bargins" available from other`s misery.---- Next step is undoing medicare and social security then back to the " Good ole days".

    December 16, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. chris

    What cowards the Democrats are. Its equal to a child taking their football and going home because he was losing the game. Sad state of affairs. Most people are for this bill. The few in power refuse to listen to the will of the people. They don't even listen to party leadership. And they wonder why they lost control of the house. Out of touch, don't you think? Randal I'm a Democrat too!

    December 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. usualone

    With every day that goes by this Congress does look more ridiculous as polls are showing. The only one worse during my long lifetime is when the Newt's congress closed down the government. This current congress is making it way too easy for Republicans to gain power in 2 years. And I know no one wants to hear it, but everyone has to remember the years before this President took over....with the wars, banking issues, etc., that started us down this path. Once one gets into power he/she is privy to things he/she didn't know before taking office. So, of course, not all campaign promises can be kept. There are signs that the economy is improving and yet we find the Democrats bickering among themselves without really thinking of the issues. ..or the people. The whole issue of squeezing the rich [(and not all who inherit from the rich are in that category (via the estate tax)] should not be a hang up for the Democrats. Okay, we got their point they aren't happy with this compromise, but they are playing the same game the Republicans did over the same issue. The bottom line is that the American people lose if this causes the whole bill to fall apart.

    December 16, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Sedric

    This is absolutely ridiculous and sad that the Democrats and Republicans continue to argue and bicker and be childish towards one another when there are real people out here in America that are struggling day to day, living pay check to pay check waiting on Government Officials, whom we elected, to finally put the American people first, before themselves. Yet they have again and again failed us by not simply doing the right thing. They need to stop focusing on politics. The President is at least trying to make a better future for ALL Americans and he can't get any help from either party. So I say this to the American people, remember what is taking place at this point of time. It is a shame that we can't get both parties to compromise for the so called well being of the American people. You don't have to have an Ivy league education to make the decisions that need to be made. You just have to have the will and the want to do the right thing for humanity over all. And it will come very easily. Thank you for your time.

    December 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |