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First procedural voice vote on President Obama 'compromise deal' fails in the House

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Democrats in the House of Representatives
have rejected the 'compromise deal' in an
initial voice vote.
First procedural vote on President Obama tax cuts legislation failed in the U.S House on December 9th. Democrats, who control the House of Representatives until December 31st, indicated by the vote that by majority consent, that they do not support this tax cut deal. 

At this point, for the President to pass this ‘compromise deal’ with Republicans, he would need to depend on the GOP minority in the House and the crossover votes of ‘Blue Dog’ and moderate Democrats.

In the Senate, President Obama’s prospects are suspected to more positive in passing this ‘deal’, according to media reports. Ironically, to pressure House Democrats to pass the ‘deal’, the legislation will start in the Senate, instead of 'The People’s' House', where over 70 percent of new measures and laws began.

Huffington Post is reporting that Democratic House members, by a voice vote, passed a motion to reject the deal as currently written. The motion had been put forward by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and was seconded, informally, by Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Jay Inslee (D-WA).

"It was an indication of disapproval and a rejection of the deal as currently written," said one House Democratic aide to the Huffington Post.

The initial vote on the ‘compromise deal’ was conducted with something less than a full caucus present. It was seen as a refutation of the substance of the deal and White House's handling of the ‘deal’ with House Democrats.

“If this framework fails, America would see it in smaller paychecks, which would mean fewer jobs,” President Obama stated during a statement on December 8th.

Neither House nor Senate Democrats were briefed on the details before initial announcement of the ‘deal’ and where left out of the discussion process with select Republican House and Senate leaders, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Vice President Joe Biden.

According to Huffington Post, several members spoke out about the provision that deals with the estate tax, calling it too generous to the wealthy tax payers earning over $1 Million dollars a year and beyond.

At this point, the rejection of the ‘deal’ by voice vote is non-binding. Some Democratic House members are encouraging the White House to alter certain elements of the package, to gain more support. Meanwhile, the White House is extremely disinclined to make any major changes, out of fear of alienating Republican members they made the ‘deal’ with and, would need their support to pass any tax cut measure.

Two Democratic members in the room confirmed to Huffington Post, that a counterproposal to the ‘compromise deal’ is currently being drafted.


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1 comment :

Nicolas Cobretti said...

We (those collecting benefits) need to stop playing around with the Dems. It's December 9th, and they're still dragging their feet. The Adam Smith and Alex P. Keaton wannabes don't surprise me with the things they do and say, but I'm getting really disgusted with the lackadaisical attitude of the democrats.

For instance, I just read where the House Dem Caucus has voted down Obama's proposal in large part because certain tax provisions benefit the wealthy. Are these people serious, are they nuts? Who cares! I suppose they want it all, huh? And it appears they're willing to risk our interests to do it.

This compromise benefits the nation as whole, as well as restoring the benefits that Congress has let expire. Their holiday recess is fast approaching. Will they be standing in a soup kitchen trying to get a bed for the night?

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