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December 26, 2012

House GOP leaders say Senate has to make next move to avoid cliff

House of Representatives leaders talked Wednesday and said they'd wait for the Senate to act on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. House leaders said that once the Senate acts, they will consider whether to take up that measure.

The House , which has a Republican majority, in August passed a bill to extend all the Bush-era tax cuts, which expire at the end of the year, for one year. It has also approved legislation last week that's an alternative to the $109 billion in automatic spending cuts due to take effect Jan. 2.

The Democratic-run Senate this summer passed a measure to extend only tax cuts for individuals earning less than $200,000 and families making less than $250,000.

In a joint statement, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his leadership team gave this report Wednesday:

"The House has acted on two bills which collectively would avert the entire fiscal cliff if enacted.  Those bills await action by the Senate.

"If the Senate will not approve and send them to the president to be signed into law in their current form, they must be amended and returned to the House.  Once this has occurred, the House will then consider whether to accept the bills as amended, or to send them back to the Senate with additional amendments. 

"The House will take this action on whatever the Senate can pass, but the Senate first must act.  The lines of communication remain open, and we will continue to work with our colleagues to avert the largest tax hike in American history, and to address the underlying problem, which is spending."

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timr

the rethug House can not do its job, but the Speaker is still trying to lay the blame on the democrats in the Senate. Unfortunately for him, the sheeple woke up. They see the House sitting at home while Obama and the Senate returned to DC the day after xmas. From what I am reading around the country, the people are really mad at the House rethug/teahadists and are demanding they go back to work and fix their problem.
Expect 2013 to be more of the same. Speaker published the 2013 House schedule. They are scheduled to "work" for only 126 days. For that we pay them $187,000 a year.

coakl

America was living a lie for 10+ years; it's time to come back to reality.
The Bush tax cuts and wild spending were part of the housing boom & bubble fantasy.
Everyone thought the bubble would continue forever, so why not cut taxes and spend, spend, spend.
Both actions were irresponsible and now they must come to an end.

Going "over the cliff" is actually the responsible thing to do.
It's time to Live within our means.

jlt

Si, the House do nothing incompetents are admitting they CAN NOT DO THE JOB,.AND WANT the senate and dems to do it for them so they can shoot it down!
Cowards..repub baggers! Call them out at their home State offices..they are at home sitting on their flat arses HIDING!

Bill Carlson

Push the Republican House over the cliff we will be much better off without right wing Nazi's attempting to destroy the country.

RichardW

OMG, now the House wants to blame the Senate for the fiscal cliff!

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