Chickens have flown back into the political debate!
With talk of "Chickens For Checkups," chicken suits, and chicken coops fully subsided, the avian fowl stormed back on the scene Thursday, this time invoked by House Republican Leader John Boehner who claimed that the Democrats' plan to force a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class only was "chicken crap."
In a discussion with reporters at the Capitol Thursday, Boehner characterized the decision, made amidst ongoing bipartisan discussions to find a compromise on the tax plan, as a political ploy that would only complicate the process.
"I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver going on today as chicken crap, alright?" Boehner said, according to Politico. "But this is nonsense. Alright? The election was one month ago. We're 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started, trying to set up the next election. We had an honest conversation at the White House about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the American people expect of us. And they roll this vote out today, it really is just what you think I was going to say anyway."
The House will vote Thursday on the Democrats' tax blueprint, which would maintain the current rates for 98 percent of Americans, families earning under $250,000, while letting the rates of the top two percent return to their pre-Bush-era rates.
The Daily Caller notes:
In a test vote on setting the rules for debate on the proposal, 30 Democrats defected from leadership and sided with Republicans, although it passed 213-203.
The bill will only require a simple majority to pass. If it passes, however, Republicans will later be able fashion an addendum that would allow for an across-the-board extension of the Bush tax cuts.