John Boehner Stalling Until After Reelection On Fiscal Cliff Deal, Says Chris Van Hol

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    John Boehner Stalling Until After Reelection On Fiscal Cliff Deal, Says Chris Van Hollen

    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) suggested on Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner is stalling on a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff because he is focused on saving his speakership and coming to the table with more flexibility after his reelection.

    "I'm getting increasingly concerned that one of the reasons the speaker is trying to, I think, string out these discussions is that he wants to wait until January 3 when the elections for speaker take place," the House Democratic budget chief told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "And he's concerned that any agreement he reaches -- if it violated the so-called Hastert Rule -- could undermine support for him in his caucus and make it more difficult on January 3."

    "I hope he wouldn't avoid the tough decisions simply to take us into January after his swearing in, but I'm becoming increasingly worried that that's exactly what's going on," Van Hollen continued.

    The comments echo similar claims made by other Democrats that Boehner is struggling to garner support from GOP leadership and is more concerned with protecting his speakership than preventing automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in if an agreement is not reached by the looming Dec. 31 deadline.

    On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid commented that the disunity in the GOP was part of Boehner's problem, and that other members of Boehner's leadership team were feuding.

    John Boehner Stalling Until After Reelection On Fiscal Cliff Deal, Says Chris Van Hollen
     
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    In January when the new congress is sworn in, the dems add two senators and a few Congressmen. So as we've been saying all along. We will go over the cliff in January, and then retroactively enact whatever they can agree on. IMHO they won't change anything and we go over the cliff. No big deal. Its the tough medicine we need. Then all they do all day every day is blame each other...until we get to the Debt Ceiling in February. That's when the crap really hits the impeller.
     
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    the fiscal cliff is just a bunch of hype the dems are trying to hoodwink the uninformed.
    dems believe in the mayan calender, the easter bunny, y2k, and that rich people cause recessions.
     
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    There are a lot of idiots, this guy is one of the dumbest.
     
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    Or it could simply be that he doesnt have the votes to just cave into Obama yet.
     
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    Granny says he prob'ly stallin' to see how Dec. 21st turns out...

    Boehner to pursue backup bill to avert tax hikes
    18 Dec.`12 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he is readying a backup bill aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff" because President Barack Obama has yet to offer a balanced package of revenues and spending savings that would cut burgeoning federal deficits.
    See Also:

    Obama makes new fiscal cliff tax offer as talks pick up
    18 December 2012 - A deal must be struck by 1 January in order to avoid the combination of tax rises and spending cuts
     
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    That certainly shows that Boehner thinks first of Boehner, and then the job he was elected to do. No problem, there's less teabaggers after this congress, and many Republicans have told Norquist to go pound sand.
     
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    ^^^^^
     
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    Worst speaker ever, at least in my lifetime. Not sure any speaker has ever been so ineffective in getting his party to tow the line.
     

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