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December 20, 2012

House plans votes on spending and taxes in early evening

House Republicans have scheduled two early evening votes Thursday, one on an alternative to automatic spending cuts due to take effect Jan. 2, the other on the plan to continue the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning less than $1 million, with the outcome of the vote too close to call.

Neither measure is expected to win approval, or perhaps even get considered, by the Senate, where Democrats control 52 of the 100 seats.

The tax bill will be most closely watched Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wants a strong Republican vote as leverage for his ongoing talks with President Barack Obama to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Here are descriptions from the Speaker's office of the two bills:

  • The Spending Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 6684) replaces the president’s defense ‘sequester’ with  common-sense spending cuts and reforms, and reduces the deficit by an additional $242 billion over the original sequester. The bill focuses on stopping waste, fraud,  and abuse in federal programs, eliminating government slush funds  (including an ObamaCare slush fund), and reducing waste and duplication  in government bureaucracies. The House passed this bill in May but  Senate Democrats never took action
  • The Permanent Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses Act of 2012 (H.J. Res. 66) permanently protects millions of taxpayers from President Obama’s tax rate hikes.  The bill permanently extends current tax rates for everyone making less  than $1 million, the $1,000 child tax credit, expensing relief for  small businesses, and much more. Analysis by the nonpartisan JCT found  it is a $3.9 trillion tax cut.


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Bill Carlson

The right wing killed the compromise again. At least seniors will be able keep up with inflation a bit longer.


Early evening?

Won't Boehner be too liquored up by then to comprehend what's going on?

Oh wait - that's SOP.

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