January 1st, 2013
05:14 PM ET

More back and forth on fiscal cliff, still no deal

It seems we're not much closer to a deal on the fiscal cliff.

The finger-pointing and the one-liners from both sides continues as we wait to see if we'll get a vote from the House after the Democrat-led Senate passed a bill that would put off budget cuts for two months and preserve Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000.

And since I refuse to talk anymore about who is kicking a can down a road or any tired sports metaphors I’m just going to give you the latest quotes from both camps this afternoon as they try and sort this out.

House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra:

"We now are waiting to hear from our Republican colleagues, whether or not they want to do what the Senate did in a very bipartisan fashion and give the American people the opportunity to have a vote. There are people throughout this country who might look at this deal and love it. Some might hate it. Some may not understand it. But we firmly believe that every American in this country should have a right to have a vote in the people's house."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

“We are all very eager to see the form that the Republican leadership will put onto the floor today. I think that we've made gigantic progress. I hope that we can have a bipartisan agreement as we go forward.”

Now, for the House Republicans.

Spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (and also House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who said he doesn't support the current bill):

"The Speaker and Leader laid out options to the members and listened to feedback. The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. Conversations with members will continue throughout the afternoon on the path forward."

And then some specific concerns about the package from Rep. Steve LaTourette:

"We are going to take a bill that was passed on new year’s eve by some sleep deprived octogenarians that was very, very heavy on taxes and does nothing to cut spending which is really part of the big problem that we have in the country."

Make of that what you will. Bottom line: Still no House vote, still no deal.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dan Hocking

    What about our 16 Trillion Deficit ????? We Must raise taxes and Cut Spending. Wake up Obaama

    January 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Dan how did that traitor Grover Norquist recruit nimble minded low paid neo cons like you?

      January 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Rep. Steve LaTourette:

    “We are going to take a bill that was passed on new year’s eve by some sleep deprived octogenarians..."
    LOL

    January 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      You could get Nancy " the used car salesman " Pelosi to say " You have to let us pass this bill so you know what we wasted your money on.".

      January 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ Dan, WHAT bill has been presented to Obama? He has NOT had a bill presented to him yet to sign! As of this time he is merely a spectator, CONGRESS has to present a bill to HIM, he cant just make up laws hisself ya know! Congress has to approve ALL taxes and expenditures before the prez can sign them into law!

    January 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Cantor and his cohorts have already indicated that they would 'nain' this Bill coming down from the Senate.
    So folks, don't get your hopes high. What we have been swallowing for the past decade and especially during the past 4 years & willingly continues.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    So true @ saywhat, just another day watchin the clowns at the circus! And really, they have nothing much to lose since theyve been quickly hiding their money in off shore accounts.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    Maybe President Obama can do another pep ralley where he tells the republicans to shove it because he was re-elected. It really worked well last time.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    Happy New Year to Chrissy, Saywhat, Hamsta, and Little Mister. This fiscal cliff will drag on and on. I doubt this is going to get through the house.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the prophet

    Why don't Americans revolt get these overpaid bs- crats out of power,

    January 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • the_truth

      They have had months to recorded this issue, what an embarrassment to the country.

      They really need to wait til the 11th hour to make a decision?

      Time to clean house and senate

      January 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    Obamanomics : what do you mean we are broke? I still have checks to write. What do you mean I have work to do? that's why I'm on vacation. What do you mean I can't raise taxes on the rich? We can't let those evil rich people escape poverty.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • the_truth

      The big govt giveaway.

      The more you spend the more you have.

      Everyone should spend 5 times more then they make. That should help the economy.

      Just make sure that you die way over your head in debt.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    Trying again to get a Happy New Year out to chrissy, saywhat, Hamsta, and Little Mister. No way is the fiscal cliff deal going to pass in the House. Okay CNN, is that politically correct enough?

    January 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    Blocked again, dammit. Happy New Year to all.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the prophet

    Its clear that Americsns are puppets well adapted to play along at puppeteers

    January 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1608

    Say what you like, we are still the little that did' NOT get into the game. I sure most voted but some voted T<P.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1608

    Little people

    January 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ the truth, AINT THAT THE TRUTH! Nothin but a bunch of *high end welfare recipients* gettin paid to do nothin! The whole useless bunch of circus clowns!

    January 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
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