House to vote on “Plan B,” Boehner aggressively whipping votes
It looks like Speaker John Boehner’s so-called “Plan B” — which would raise taxes on individuals earning more than $1 million and cut entitlement programs — is facing much skepticism from House Republicans, despite earning the approval of Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, and FreedomWorks.
Daniel Malloy from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted last night that Boehner was seen on the House floor last night whipping three conservatives from Georgia — Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Tom Price. Malloy described the conversation as “pretty intense.” One would have to imagine that a similar mood exists among other conservative members of the House.
In hopes to convince conservatives to get on board with the plan, CNN explains that Republicans leaders may add spending cuts to the mix:
Apparently scrambling for votes on their alternative to a fiscal cliff deal - known as Plan B - House Republicans late Wednesday were considering expanding the scope of their tax cut extension measure to include spending cuts.
The measure, according to GOP sources, would be modified in an effort to win support from Republicans who were concerned the extension without spending cuts was a net tax increase. Plan B was initially advanced by House Speaker John Boehner as a method to ensure the GOP is not connected with a middle class tax increase if a fiscal cliff deal is not reached.
CNN also notes that the House will hold two votes today, one being on Boehner’s latest plan and the other being on President Barack Obama’s original proposal, which would raise taxes on families earning over $250,000. It’s expected that the votes, at least on the plan pushed by the Speaker, will take place this evening.
While the White House has issued a veto threat against Boehner’s plan, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd reported this morning via Twitter that Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who serves as House Minority Whip, could not that Democrats would be united in opposition.