Here is video today of House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressing the House of Representatives as the 113th Congress convened at the U.S. Capitol. Boehner and Pelosi addressed the House after being re-elected to their respective leadership positions earlier today. Boehner called on the House to address the massive U.S. National Debt for the good of future generations of Americans.
John Boehner is the 53rd Speaker of the House. Full list here: ow.ly/gwkbW— The Fix (@TheFix) January 3, 2013
In a complete victory for President Obama, the House of Representatives tonight passed the “Fiscal Cliff” Deal, that raises taxes but does not cut spending, by an overwhelming vote of 257-167. The majority of Republicans voted against the deal, but enough crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats to put it over the top by a large margin. House Speaker John Boehner voted for the deal, along with GOP Rep. Paul Ryan. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor voted against it. It now moves to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this deal will add another $4 Trillion to the National Debt over the next 10 years.
From @jacksonjk; Boehner voted yes. Cantor and McCarthy voted no. Paul Ryan voted yes.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 2, 2013
NOTE 3:20 PM ET: The House has gone into recess subject to the call of the Chair. Unclear whether there will be a vote on it or not.
Here is Live Video of the U.S. House of Representatives, which has re-convened today, New Year’s Day, to consider the Fiscal Cliff Deal passed by the U.S. Senate 89-8 in the wee hours of this morning. It is still unclear whether House Republicans will go along with this deal, and decide to save the fight over spending cuts for the Debt-Ceiling Battle in March. We’ll post updates on how things are looking for the deal in the House as the day progresses. . . . Developing
House Republicans: Eric Cantor, party’s No. 2 in House, is opposed to Senate fiscal cliff deal in current form nbcnews.to/VxXigz— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 1, 2013
Fwiw, senior House member says he was “taken aback” by how Cantor took such a stand, even if comments were brief. “That’s rare,” he says.— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 1, 2013
Fiscal cliff deal unravelling quickly and this won’t help: wonkwire.com/2013/01/01/wha…— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) January 1, 2013
Cantor spox Cooper: The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. #fiscalcliff— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 1, 2013
Rep. Mack (R-FL) tells me he’s a no on #fiscalcliff plan but thinks Boehner will have votes. Perhaps vote by 5-6pm.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 1, 2013
Will Boehner Violate ‘Hastert Rule’ with ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Vote?: House Republicans are scheduled to caucus around … bit.ly/Vxzh96— Big Government (@biggovt) January 1, 2013
House R’s say their conference meeting is “to review what the Senate has passed” and discuss options. #fiscalcliff— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 1, 2013
Noted Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg says the trajectory for the House races this Fall makes it unlikely Democrats will be able to seize control of the House of Representatives. In fact, Republicans look poised to maintain or even increase their majority. Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to regain control of the House, where currently, Republicans have a 242-193 majority:
ROLL CALL-Stuart Rothenberg: House races often don’t start getting attention until after Labor Day. But with the presidential contest sucking the air out of the political environment and defining the electoral landscape, House candidates may find they have an even harder time than usual defining themselves and their opponents.
That means the existing trajectory of the fight for the House may be harder and harder to change as Labor Day approaches, creating a growing problem for House Democrats who continue to insist that the House is “in play.”
Democratic strategists need a dramatic shift in the House playing field if they are going to have any chance of netting the 25 seats they need to regain a majority in the House of Representatives. And that outcome looks increasingly remote. Right now, the outlook for the House is anywhere from a small GOP gain to a modest Democratic gain in the single digits — not close to what Democrats hoped for as the cycle began.
A detailed, race-by-race evaluation of the House suggests that Republicans already have 201 safe seats, with 11 more rated by my newsletter as “Republican Favored,” a barely competitive category. An additional 14 seats are rated as “Lean Republican.” . . . Read More
The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a bill that would extend the Payroll Tax Cut for 2012:
WASHINGTON POST: In another test of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership of his restive Republican majority, the House is expected to vote Tuesday on a GOP plan to extend a one-year reduction in the payroll taxes paid by 160 million workers.
Republicans have been divided over whether to extend the tax cut, as President Obama has urged, or allow the levy to revert to 6.2 percent in January from 4.2 percent.
That division was on display at Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, where three of the six candidates — including front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney — urged Congress to extend the tax break, while three others argued that it wouldn’t spur job growth.
But by linking the tax cut with other Republican priorities — including speeding up construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline — and by paying for the package with other spending cuts, GOP leaders believe they’ve come up with a measure that can draw overwhelming Republican support.
House approval would set up a clash later this week with the Senate, where Democratic leaders have rejected key pieces of the House bill. . . . Read More
Here is video this morning of Politico’s Mike Allen breathlessly talking about the chances of a Nancy Pelosi comeback to power in the House of Representatives. Democrats will need to have a net gain of 25 seats in the 2012 House Elections to regain control of the House of Representatives. Allen says it is “very possible” that will happen, and that the chances are being “underestimated.”
I’m sure Mike wants this to happen, but I would say the chances are even greater that the GOP will increase its majority in the House.