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Cantor opposes fiscal cliff bill.

4:15 pm - 01/01/2013
Posted by CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday he opposes the Senate version of the fiscal cliff bill, as the hours wind down for the House to vote on a deal that would avert a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts.

"I do not support the bill," Cantor told reporters while leaving a House GOP meeting.

After the Senate passed the legislation in the early hours of the morning with 89 senators in favor of the deal, the ball is now in the House's court to act.

Cantor said no decisions have been made on the bill and leaders are looking for the best path forward.

House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy both declined to answer questions as they emerged from the meeting.

Spokesmen for Boehner and Cantor said in identical statements that the speaker and the leader "laid out options to the members and listened to feedback" in the meeting.

"The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. Conversations with members will continue throughout the afternoon on the path forward," the statements read.

Meanwhile, several members said they were unsure whether the House would vote Tuesday.


EDIT: The House will vote Tuesday night on a Senate bill - an up or down vote - to avert the fiscal cliff, a senior House GOP leadership aide told CNN's Dana Bash.1

EDIT 2: 10:57 p.m. ET - The U.S. House of Representatives approves fiscal cliff deal, surpassing the 217 votes needed for passage. The final breakdown is 257 in support and 167 in opposition.
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simply_blah I'll let Optimus Prime speak for me..1st-Jan-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)

Fucking vote yes or no already.
one_hoopy_frood 1st-Jan-2013 11:07 pm (UTC)

Saw this on a post about Congress on tumblr yesterday and I think it needs to be in every post about it. God. Fuck Republicans, fuck the tea party. I can't believe they're willing to fuck with everyone's livelihoods over a political game. I thought they had the decency to at least be posturing and holding out until the last minute because they couldn't be THAT stupid, but apparently even that was an overestimation.
simply_blah 1st-Jan-2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
I really just needed someone to share my rage with. Jesus-effing-Christ! Why the fuck do people keep voting for people like this? Shit. Damn.
layweed 1st-Jan-2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
Someone needs to make a Boehner&Cantor/Thelma&Louise "driving over the cliff" gif.
jasonbeast 1st-Jan-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Cantor would oppose oxygen if it were a Democratic priority.
serendipity_15 2nd-Jan-2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Someone should get on that. I really want to see him stop using up all the oxygen.
bleakwinters 1st-Jan-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Good job plunging the world back into recession, you fucking asshats.
veracity 2nd-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
So, can we fucking RECALL ALL THESE ASSHATS NOW - or make the next ones step in and take over?! This is the second goddamn year in a row where they'll willing to shit done because no one wants to play in their pissing contest. This is not a do-nothing Congress. Even do-nothings at least shit and wipe occasionally. These fuckers just sit in their soiled diaper.

Goddamn I'm tired of this shit. Really, really tired. It's not fucking entitlement when it's pay in. You want to add more money? TAX THE PEOPLE WITH MORE MONEY. This is not fucking brain surgery.

I might have some serious rage after thinking this shit was over last night.
agentsculder 2nd-Jan-2013 02:45 am (UTC)
The 113th Congress will be sworn in the next few days, but don't expect a whole lot to change. There will be a few less Republicans in the House, but until the Democrats have a majority there (which is going to take a long time to regain thanks to redistricting) it going to be very slow going.

Once again, I'd like to thank all the people who didn't bother to vote in 2010 because they didn't think it mattered for this huge congressional clusterfuck.
moonshaz DEAR U.S. CONGRESS:2nd-Jan-2013 01:02 am (UTC)

Edited at 2013-01-02 01:02 am (UTC)
fight4thislove the whole gop tbh2nd-Jan-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
blackjedii 2nd-Jan-2013 01:34 am (UTC)

it is actually kind of funny in a sad-way that my entitled uncle who has never had to budget in his life and takes trips to Europe but can't be buggered to take care of his mother because she'd "make a mess" even though she is 89 and requires a great deal of help is all happy and proud of himself because ~Eric Cantor sends him letters~
simply_blah 2nd-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
OMG. This is great!
lady_grace 2nd-Jan-2013 02:08 am (UTC)
This is so frustrating. If they don't pass anything, I lose $40/month more in taxes. I don't make tons to begin with, so that would hurt. Sigh.
blackjedii 2nd-Jan-2013 02:10 am (UTC)
If they fail to pass anything they can blame it on Obama/dems when the economy worsens and 2016 rolls around
If they pass something they can thump their chests and talk about how they ~saved the economy~

It's a win-win to the extreme right and unfortunately, they have a deathgrip on the rest of em
lady_grace 2nd-Jan-2013 02:12 am (UTC)
And in the end, the middle and lower classes continue to get squeezed dry.
lady_grace 2nd-Jan-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
oops, should have been a reply to blackjedii.

Edited at 2013-01-02 02:13 am (UTC)
jadehunter 2nd-Jan-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
blackjedii 2nd-Jan-2013 04:39 am (UTC)
I should add while I'm at it -

At least this time it seems like genuine spite, as opposed to the debt ceiling where Eric Cantor was poised to make billions if the US defaulted.

simply_blah 2nd-Jan-2013 05:14 am (UTC)
I agree.
pennylane101 2nd-Jan-2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
he's gay, right?

whenever i see him i get SUCH vibes from him omg
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