The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday held a non-binding vote, rejecting the tax deal negotiated between the White House and Senate Republicans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a brief statement after the vote, saying:
We will continue discussions with the President and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote
Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to create jobs and economic growth, to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and to do this in a fiscally sound way.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president is confident Congress will approve the tax package despite its rejection by House Democrats. “At the end of the day” the bill will pass both houses, Gibbs said at his daily press briefing.
According to Baghdad Bob:
If everybody took out what they didn’t like, we would have nothing. And we know the consequences of doing nothing.
It’s usually a good thing to have confidence and trust…except when it’s misplaced.
America’s elected representatives in the Democratic Caucus’ meeting had some choice words for their former messiah.
According to Rep. Shelly Berkley,(D. – Nevada) one anonymous lawmaker muttered “f— the president” while Berkley was defending the president’s proposal. Berkley declined to name the specific lawmaker.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), frequently seen on Fox News, was also overheard saying that “we can’t trust him” not to cave to Republicans and extend the tax cuts again in two years.
Chants of “Just say no!” could be heard by reporters outside the room.
Meanwhile, over in the Senate Chambers…
Harry Reid and his minions shelved a vote on the Dream Act, legislation designed to create a path to legal status for the children of illegal immigrants.
The bill would give hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military.
It would apply to illegal immigrants brought to the United States before the age of 16, who have been here for five years and graduated from high school or gained an equivalency degree.
Harry Reid and the Dems came up short of the 60 votes they needed and that situation will not change anytime soon.
The House passed it Wednesday night after Democratic leaders had a hard time getting together enough to push it through. Just eight Republicans joined Democrats to support it while almost 40 Democrats voted “no”.
The problem Harry had in the Senate, besides the fact that Dems realize that 2012 is coming, is the fact that all 42 Senate Republicans have signed a letter pledging to block action on any issue until bills to extend expiring tax cuts and fund the government were completed.
The White House approved of the shelving. Issuing a statement though Gibbs, the adminstration said that the Dream Act is “the right thing to do for our nation, our economy and our security.”
The Republicans have a different opinion, according to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas:
We have to demonstrate that we are serious about fixing our broken immigration system, we have to secure the border, we have to enforce our laws, and then I think the natural compassion of the American people will kick in, and they’ll let us deal with these sympathetic situations like these kids who are not culpable, but were brought here by their parents and find themselves at a dead-end.
Sen. Harry Reid’s very bad day continued yesterday as he failed to get the necessary 60 votes for a procedural motion to start considering the 2011 defense authorization bill, which just happened to contain a provision to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. The final vote was 57-40.
But shortly after the vote, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he would introduce a free-standing bill to repeal the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as soon as next Thursday. Vichy Republican Susan Collins (Maine) will join Lieberman in introducing the bill.
Lieberman said that Reid agreed to bring legislation to the floor and that he would introduce it as soon as Thursday. The language would mirror the language in the defense authorization bill.
Armed Services Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) issued a statement, which said:
I am 100 percent supportive of the stand-alone bill to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ that Sens. Lieberman and Collins have now proposed, and indeed I will co-sponsor that legislation. It is time for this discriminatory policy to end, and I am willing to pursue any effective legislative path that could lead to that result.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)agrees:
Since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has broad support among Senators, our troops, and the American people, it is my hope that the Senate will move forward with an alternative legislative method. The bipartisan proposal from Senators Lieberman and Collins provides renewed hope that progress is still possible in the Senate; an army of allies stands ready in the House to pass a standalone repeal of the discriminatory policy once the Senate acts.
Obama, of course, issued a statement saying he was “extremely disappointed that yet another filibuster has prevented the Senate from moving forward” on the legislation. He also sent out some gratuitous praise:
I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin, and Senators Lieberman and Collins for all the work they have done on this bill. While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.
I wonder how his Muslim supporters feel about this?
Yesterday was nothing short of an epic meltdown for the Democrat Party. As John Steinbeck said, in his classic novel “Of Mice and Men”:
The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.
And, sometimes, that’s a good thing. Pass the popcorn.