Last night the House of Representatives took to the floor to respond to the bi-partisan legislation, overwhelmingly approved by the Senate, to pull the country back from the edge of the fiscal cliff. The 112th Congress, unlike Wile E. Coyote, didn’t look down after House Republicans let the country walk over the edge for almost 24 hours. Speaker Bohner broke the Hastert Rule allowing consideration of the legislation passed by the Senate early New Year’s Day on an 87-9 vote, even though the majority of House Republicans opposed the legislation. The legislation was passed on a 257-167. 151 of the NO votes were from Republicans.
GOP Congress members Ed Royce, Ken Calvert, and Gary Miller joined Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in supporting passage of the bill, which, in addition to extending unemployment benefits for more than 2 million Americans, lowered tax rates for individuals making less than $400,000 (couples $450,000) that had automatically increased as of 12:01 am New Years Day. Congress members John Campbell and Dana Rohrabacher thought it best to let taxes raise on all Americans.
But as NBC News reports this morning, the House GOP leaders chose to deliver one final middle finger to the victims of Hurricane Sandy by failing to take a vote on a $60 billion relief package passed by the Senate. Without a House vote, that legislation fails, and the 113th Congress must start over from scratch to draft new relief legislation. Nothing like giving thousands of people a little more uncertainty in their lives for the New Year.
The inaction of the House Republicans is one more example of the “You’re On Your Own” mentality of the GOP.
Ugh! Happy New Year.