Boehner, Republicans cave in on tax deal

John Boehner: It's crying time again

House Speaker John Boehner admitted Thursday that listening to the tea party-backed members of his party was not one of his smartest decisions and backed down from stonewalling the Senate deal that allowed a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut and continued unemployment benefits.

Boehner said his decision to block the tax deal “may not be the smartest thing in this world” and announced the Republican leadership would accept the deal by unanimous consent, a parliamentary move that allows passage without a quorum or all of the House being present.

Boehner had first agreed to the deal cut in the Senate late last week, allowing the tax cut and extension of unemployment benefits for two months, allowing Congress time to work out a longer deal after it returns from the Christmas recess.  Then, under pressure from a small cadre of House Republicans controlled by the tea party, he changed his mind and blocked approval of the deal.

That move brought fire from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, other prominent members of the GOP, President Barack Obama and the public at large.

“Sometimes, it’s politically correct to do the right thing,” Boehner said.

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2 Responses to "Boehner, Republicans cave in on tax deal"

  1. Carl Nemo **==  December 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    To add impact to this announcement he should have a tissue in hand to daub the tears running down his sappy cheeks…no?

    Are these people for real or not? Just think they are responsible for the financial well-being of this nation. Frightening indeed. / : |

    Take heart, we’re only 364 days away from December 21, 2012 the predicted “end of days” which will hopefully put us all out of our collective planetary misery. : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Sandune  December 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Speaker Boehner represents the 8th District of the state of Ohio. He is up for reelection just like all the House Members. I wonder if that District realizes how harmful he has been to the GOP. What a joy it would be to see him not only lose his speakership but his job.

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