Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) told members of his own conference on Thursday night that there were not enough votes among the party that would support passage of Boehner’s tax proposal known as “Plan B.”
Boehner’s office released the following statement:
"The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass. Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 1 tax rate increases and replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts that will begin to address our nation's crippling debt. The Senate must now act."
“I’m very excited. We defeated Plan B and, hopefully, we’ll come back with a reasonable Republican plan after Christmas,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R–KS) told Breitbart News.
Republicans who were not planning on voting for Plan B appeared more open to talk about how they were going to vote after the special GOP conference was let out.
Congressman Joe Barton (R–TX) told reporters he was not planning on voting for Plan B, saying it would have broken the taxpayer pledge Republicans made in 2010.
“I was not going to vote for it. I respected those that (were going to) and I respected the effort to get the votes to pass it,” he said.
Barton explained, “I think you need to have a conversation with the American people. They voted for divided government. The two parties have a difference of view of where the country needs to go."
"I’m not real happy with the phrase of going over the cliff. That’s what most people say. I think you just have to keep trying to find, as our leadership team did, try to find a middle ground, and get the votes here and that the president might accept. That was just a herculean job,” he said.
"Well, of course I disagreed with it. You’ll have to be the judge of whether it was a good idea, but I disagreed with it," Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told reporters.
Fleming described the mood in the special conference:
I think there was a little bit of fatigue with a little bit of frustration. We want something to happen here. We want something good and positive to happen for the American people. And we just feel like we’re not getting a willing part on the other side… frustration with Obama.