It appears House Republicans are prepared to agree to raising the debt-ceiling for a three-month period if Democrats will agree to pass a budget in the U.S. Senate – something they have not done in more than three years. Under the plan, if the Senate refuses to pass a budget, the House will simply not allow funds to be used to pay the salaries of members of Congress.
House Republicans are balking at putting a rubber stamp on the “Fiscal Cliff” Deal passed by the U.S. Senate overnight – a deal that raises tax rates but has almost no spending cuts. Many in the media seemed to assume the House Republicans would feel forced to just go along with it – and they still might. But it is clearly in trouble, with the No.2 Republican in the House – Majority Leader Eric Cantor – saying this afternoon he does not support the bill:
POLITICO: A carefully-crafted Senate compromise to avert the fiscal cliff could be in jeopardy, as House Republicans seem nearly certain to tweak the legislation and send it back to the Senate because it doesn’t contain sufficient spending cuts. The anger came to a head in a closed House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol basement Monday, when the opposition to the bill — which would extend tax rates for families making less than $450,000 — was overwhelming, sources inside the room said.
House Republican leadership dispersed from the meeting mulling how to proceed with the Senate bill, which passed shortly after 2 a.m. Republicans are expected to meet again later Tuesday afternoon to try and settle on a decision.
In a real sign of trouble, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, No. 2 in House leadership, came out in opposition to the package. . . . Read More
Reuters quotes “Senate Democratic leadership aide” : If the House makes changes, the Senate would not take up that legislation— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) January 1, 2013
I’ve come around to hoping House GOP blows up this deal.— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) January 1, 2013
Extra amusement re cliff deal coming from libs in my replies ignoring near-total lefty opposition to Bush tax cuts in 2001. Obamanesia.— Just Karl (@justkarl) January 1, 2013
Cantor is right to oppose senate tax and spend billHouse gop should amend with spending cuts and send back to senate— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) January 1, 2013
Try this as link to Senate bill: thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/…::— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 1, 2013
Mitt Romney met with House GOP members yesterday, and most say he did a fantastic job. Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock went so far as to say that Romney, “Hit it out of the ballpark.”
POLITICO: Several dozen House Republicans grilled Mitt Romney on social issues during his visit to Capitol Hill Wednesday, including his position on abortion and gay marriage, according to attendees.
But the former Massachusetts governor generally earned rave reviews from a set of lawmakers who have yet to make an endorsement in the GOP presidential primary. Romney sought to make a distinction between his experience as an executive in the private sector and his rivals’ backgrounds.
“He hit it out of the ballpark,” said Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), who had expressed concern Tuesday about Romney’s ability to counter attacks from President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. “He gave a stellar performance.”
Still, Romney found himself explaining yet again why his past support for abortion rights and civil unions should not be held against him by conservatives now that he firmly opposes the procedure and remains opposed to gay marriage. The tough questioning, from an audience of House members packed into the American Trucking Association’s townhouse on Capitol Hill, spoke to the reservations many Republican voters harbor about the former Massachusetts governor, participants said. . . . Read More
Byron York is reporting that Republicans in the House are getting ready to bring forward a two-part plan that would extend the Debt Ceiling in the short-term, and prepare for long-term deficit reduction:
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: House Republicans are finishing work on a new proposal to resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling. The proposal, set to be finished and crafted into the form of a bill by Sunday, will be in two parts. The first will combine a short-term increase in the debt ceiling with spending cuts. The second will lay the groundwork for a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling coupled with far-reaching deficit reduction.
“Senator Reid said on Friday that he is going to wait for us to move,” says a well-informed GOP House aide. “So we’ll move.” Another well-informed aide confirmed the basic outline of what’s happening.
Staff of the House Rules Committee is involved in the work, which is an indication that the process is nearing completion. Before any bill can be considered on the House floor, the Rules Committee must first pass a rule setting out the process for its consideration. Once the proposal is finished, it would likely be posted on the Rules Committee website, probably no later than Monday, so the committee could meet to consider it on Tuesday and it could be on the House floor by Wednesday.
Work on the new proposal was underway before negotiations with the White House blew up on Friday. Sources say the plan was being created last week, even as the House leadership devoted considerable time to passing the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” proposal. Once the Senate Democratic leadership blocked “Cut, Cap, and Balance,” House leaders stepped up work on the new proposal. Right now, the new direction is believed to be the only way forward. “McConnell-Reid is just not a viable option in the House,” the aide says, referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s complicated proposal to allow the president to increase the debt ceiling. . . . Read More
That’s what I’m talking about!
CNN is reporting that the House GOP will unveil plans tonight for legislation to repeal ObamaCare! A procedural vote in the House is expected by Friday, and a final vote next Wednesday (Jan. 12):
CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.
House GOP sources tell CNN that they will unveil repeal legislation Monday night, even before they claim the majority Wednesday. Then, on Friday, Republicans will hold a critical procedural vote – the first step towards passing the repeal. A final House vote will likely take place next Wednesday. . . . . Read More at CNN