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John Boehner Plan B

Going 'More Than Halfway'- to This Guy?

Mike Lux | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Being reasonable does not mean hurting the vulnerable and the middle class a little bit less, "going more than halfway" to the people who want to devastate them. Being reasonable is seizing the political victory that has been handed to you, and coming home where you belong.

Michael McAuliff

Boehner: 'I'm Not' Concerned About Losing Speakership | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) contended Friday that he was not worried about his future as speaker of the House after his members ...

GOP Rep Hurls Stunning 'Extremist' Slam At Republicans

Roll Call | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

In a crushing blow to Speaker John A. Boehner, GOP leaders were forced to pull his “plan B” tax measure from the floor at the eleventh hour as it ...

Cliff Dive: What the Heck Happens Now?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The House Republicans have failed to pass their benighted Plan B. But other than "Republicans are in deep disarray" what does that mean for near term fiscal policy -- should we prepare the trimmings for a Merry CLIFFmas? In fact, once Speaker John Boehner turned away from the compromise he was hammering out with the President earlier in the week, the odds of going over the cliff significantly jumped. Plan B was nothing more than theatrics -- designed to show the world that Leader Boehner could muster his troops, even if it was for a cliff solution that was going nowhere in the Senate or White House. Unfortunately for him, that little bit of theater turned out badly, and Boehner's leadership is at risk. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it's impossible to imagine a plausible deal being made with these House Republicans. If Boehner decided to go for a compromise with a bunch of Democrat votes, he could likely get to 218 and passage. But John Boehner teaming up with Nancy Pelosi to pass a tax increase -- even on just the top few percent -- is not a likely outcome.

After Abrupt GOP Move, Obama Vows To Press Ahead

Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he'll press ahead with Congress in hopes of preventing across-the...

Major Fail Weakens GOP Hand

Daily Beast | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

Speaker John Boehner’s failure to cobble together enough conservative votes to pass his Plan B is not just bad news for Boehner. It is bad news for ...

Shockingly, Fiscal Cliff Plan That Makes No One Happy Fails

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.21.2012 | Business

Mark Gongloff is off the newsletter this morning, so today's 7.5 Things are brought to you by Jillian Berman. Science has determined that people ...

Christina Wilkie

The Real Reason Boehner's Plan B Failed | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday night's failure by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to garner enough support among House Reopublicans for his fiscal cliff "...

Boehner Mess Leaves GOP With Few Options

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Now that House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" for addressing the "fiscal cliff" has c...

Can Collapse of Boehner Plan Cause 'Realignment' in the House?

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

No, I am not suggesting that John Boehner and a group of Republicans switch parties, or even become Independents. That is not likely to happen. But, the collapse of "Plan B" provides an opportunity to make the House of Representatives functional again.

After Boehner Pulls Plan B Amid GOP Backlash, Obama Optimistic

AP | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama is willing to continue bargaining for a bipartisan solution to avert the "fiscal cliff" afte...

Dem Senator Cracks 'Plan B' Joke

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator joked Thursday that with House Speaker John Boehner embracing "Plan B," women's issues are progressing in Cong...

Michael McAuliff

House Spikes Plan B Vote In Step Toward Fiscal Cliff | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) failed to muscle a controversial fiscal cliff fallback through the House Thursday night, suddenly pu...

Ryan Grim

GOPer Says Party Would Swallow Dem Tax Plan After December: 'Everybody'll Vote For That. Everybody.' | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If a fiscal cliff deal isn't struck by the end of the year, President Barack Obama will be in such a strong bargaining position that Rep...

GOP's Fiscal Cliff Plan Is Back-Door Tax Cut For Super-Rich: Report

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.20.2012 | Business

If implemented, John Boehner's latest fiscal cliff offer would most benefit the rich, according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center. Under B...

House To Vote On Republican Plan B

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

By Richard Cowan and Kim Dixon WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress pushed ahead on Thursday with a "fiscal...

Sabrina Siddiqui

John Boehner To Obama On Fiscal Cliff: Act On Plan B Or Get 'Serious' | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) put the onus on President Barack Obama on Thursday to come up with a “serious” fiscal plan while...

Ryan Grim

Boehner Gamble Could Hinge On Democratic Votes | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) scrambles to line up the 217 votes he needs to move his "Plan B" through the lower chamber, the o...

'Plan B' Hits Both Rich And Poor

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers making more than $1 million would get hit with tax increases averaging $100,000 next year under House Speaker John Boehner's a...


Washington Post | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has just completed a new analysis of John Boehner’s “plan B” fiscal proposal, which would raise taxes only on ...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner's 'Plan B' Is A Tax Hike On Middle Class, Chuck Schumer Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" to preserve current tax rates on all but million-dollar earners is actually a tax hike on the midd...

Jason Linkins

John Boehner 'Plan B' Wins Grover Norquist Support, But GOP Remains A Chorus Of Disapproval | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

The latest wrinkle in the debate over the so-called fiscal cliff is the attempt by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to get his fellow Republicans t...

Boehner's 'Plan B' Is All Bull

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" deficit package vote is a political stunt designed to feign leadership instead of doing the hard work at the bargaining table with President Obama.

Michael McAuliff

John Boehner's 'Plan B' Slammed By Democrats | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats from the White House and beyond panned the new "Plan B" proposal of House Speaker John Boehner to avoid at least the tax porti...