“The house has concluded business for the week,” said Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-VA) Thursday evening as that chamber failed to pass the so-called “Plan B” bill proposed by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH). The plan would have extended the Bush tax cuts for people making $1 million or less. Boehner cancelled a scheduled vote this evening after it dawned on him that he simply didn’t have the votes. The House is now in recess until after Christmas and we get closer to that “fiscal cliff.”
As usual, the ineffective House Speaker placed the blame on the Democrats in the Senate and President Obama. Though the House did manage to pass two bills addressing the issue earlier this week, Boehner lost 21 Republican votes on one of them. He expected this vote to be close but, apparently, not this close.
On Thursday Boehner claimed that the problem is Obama, that he is “unwilling to stand up to his own party.” “I did my part — they did nothing,” Boehner said, seemingly enjoying the role of martyr.