Via The Hill:
The House on Thursday afternoon approved a rule allowing consideration later Thursday evening of Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” legislation on the fiscal cliff.
Members approved the rule in a mostly party line 219-197 vote, although 13 Republicans voted against it along with every voting Democrat. Republicans voting against the rule were Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Andy Harris (Md.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Jeff Landry (La.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Ron Paul (Texas), Jean Schmidt (Ohio) and Joe Walsh (Ill.).
One bill covered under the rule would extend current tax rates on annual family income under $1 million, while a second bill would replace the sequester with a GOP plan that mostly spares defense cuts in January.
Passage of the rule will allow the House to consider both bills later in the day. GOP leaders quickly added the sequester replacement bill to the package on Wednesday, after it became clear that Republicans were not fond of only passing a bill that some say would result in a tax increase for people earning more than $1 million.
Update: Another Boehner blunder.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to round up enough support, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession.
In a brief statement, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) said the bill “did not have sufficient support from our members to pass.”
He said that now it is up to the president to work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.’”
At the end of the day this thing was never going to become law. Obama vowed to veto it and Reid wouldn’t let it come up for a vote in the Senate.