December 21st, 2012
01:44 PM ET

GOP disarray jeopardizes fiscal cliff deal

[Updated at 1:44 p.m. ET] House Speaker John Boehner said at a news conference Friday morning that his Republican colleagues refused to back his Plan B fiscal cliff bill because of what he called unfounded fears of being blamed for a tax increase.

"They weren't taking it out on me," he told reporters. "They were dealing with the perception that somebody might accuse them of raising taxes."

Boehner on Thursday dropped plans to bring the bill to a vote after it became clear that it didn't have enough support from members of his party. This leaves negotiations in limbo Friday - 11 days before automatic tax increases on everyone.

[Initial post, 8:43 a.m. ET] House Speaker John Boehner will hold a news conference in Washington Friday morning, a day after fellow Republicans effectively scuttled his proposal to avert the looming fiscal cliff's automatic tax increases.

Boehner wanted to pass his Plan B fiscal cliff bill - which would have extended tax cuts that are set to expire at year's end for most people while allowing rates to increase to 1990s levels on income over $1 million - this week, before members of Congress went home for the holiday.

But it didn't come up for a vote, because House GOP leaders learned that they couldn't get enough of their fellow Republicans to sign on.

What this means next in the fiscal cliff talks is unclear. From here, scenarios range from intensified and ultimately successful talks in the coming days or entrenchment as the fiscal cliff becomes a reality next year, when a new Congress could enter negotiations with Obama.

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  1. Paul

    Seems Boehner is working with the Mayans to end the world as we know it.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry

    What is going on in the GOP led Congress is a Joke!! When are these Tea Party Zealots going to realize that compromise is how Government works. They would rather hold the Us and the World hostage to thier distorted views then work to compromise for the good of our nation and the World. It really is unconscionable behavior.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mario

    Jerry – What's going on with the GOP? It's Obama who refuses to meet with anyone, so why is that? I'll tell you why. Because Obama WANTS tho go over the cliff! TAX, TAX, TAX, SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!!! That's the Democrats.

    Obama has already spent the money he intends on raising in taxes, so this clown is draining us from both ends. When will you lefties realize that this man seeks the destruction of our nation? I wish I could see the look on your face next month when you get your first paycheck. Something the "low information" crowd are not expecting.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Nonsense, Congress authorizes all Taxation, as well as, expenditures.

      December 21, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      I challenge anyone here to say what the prez has to offer other than raising taxes on the rich. That will only equal a mere 7 days of spending. Seriously. I'm listening. Anyone???

      December 21, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • nomo-repubs

      Mario go crawl back to your right wing world of lies, your republican party is done.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608

      Seth, what did the gop/tp do? sory look at us now.

      December 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      it was a simple question and noone here can answer it because it can be answered. in one word-NOTHING! You people voted for him. Here comes a $20 trillion dollar deficit. Yippee! Now bring on the insults cuZ that's all you got.

      December 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608

      Many know the answer to your ?. No one knows the answer to mine.

      December 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    lol ty @ PT, now is when id like to see some looks on some faces! I can almost hear the stuttering now, ya ya ya m m mean th th the pr pr president da da dont??

    December 21, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony


      December 21, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lol alright! My day is now complete, i made Portland Tony smile! Dayum that felt good! Lol

    December 21, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    One thing he proposed was to STOP giving tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs overseas that employ in particular, child labor! Bet youre against that too, aint ya!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nomo-repubs

    damn u cnn , i wrote nothing wrong u want me to drive down to h st and n capitol sts in dc ,give out the bloggers name at cnn in dc and complain?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    And he DOESNT want to give mil/bils more to the military than EVEN they have asked for, therefore he wants to cut military spending!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ nomo repubs, lol whatever you posted or tried to post probably show up in an hour or two.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nomo-repubs

    hey chrissy, nomo sent u a pic of the Capitol Christmas tree, but u didnt reply.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    I dont believe i got it @ nomo, but ill go check. And did you know dazzle is looking for a home very near to you?

    December 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    lol @ l608, its like talking to a brickwall! Which also, of course, describes the work ethics of the *elite welfare recipients* also known as CONGRESS, the greatest stonewallers of all time!

    December 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1608

    The new GOP+TP+NRA= a poor gun carrying( if you have the money ) America. The blind WILD WILD America.

    December 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Actually, the fiscal cliff deal was jeapardized when voters learned they could vote for themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
    Since that time, more and more USvoters habe become dependants of the State and always vote for the candidate that promises the most benefits to State dependants.
    Now we are seeing how fiscally irresponsible it is for over 1/2 of US being gov. employees and State dependants. America simply cannot afford it any longer.

    December 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Just as one in five Americans are "upside down" on home and car loans, where more is owed than the property is worth, so is the US government upside down with america herself!
    Total-up what all government owned property is worth and add 8 trillion dollars to that figure. THAT'S how much debt the US gov owes foreign banks, incl. the IMF/World Bank.
    AMERICA has been sold already.

    December 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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