House Republicans just conceded that government officials are not going to make the deadline for the so-called fiscal cliff. Negotiations have stalled and Congress members from the right are saying that a vote will not take place before the deadline. The House of Representatives is going to adjourn without voting on a bill to delay the set of tax increases and spending cuts set to transpire starting on the first of the year.
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sent the following update to his party members confirming the plans for Congress:
Good afternoon. Thanks for your patience. Here’s the latest on the Floor schedule:There will be a Special GOP Conference Meeting at 5:00 p.m. in HC-5. Immediately following Conference tonight, roughly 5:30-6:00 p.m. we will have our first and only vote series of the day on suspensions.
Walk off the Floor: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
This is the latest negative move from a Congress that has been among the least productive in history. The fiscal cliff’s spending cuts and tax increases are set to send the already fragile economy into a tailspin.
Republicans expressed outrage at the words of President Barack Obama this afternoon. During a press conference on Monday, the president said that a deal is “within sight.” He also attacked Congress for being sloppy in its negotiations and said that he’d like more tax hikes if anyone threatened to use the debt ceiling to demand spending cuts.
Republicans responded by stating that President Obama had put a deal in jeopardy with his words.
“Potus just moved the goalpost again. Significantly. This is new,” tweeted a top aide to McConnell.
Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), tweeted, “If Obama’s goal was to harm the process and make going over the cliff more likely, he’s succeeding.”
Another Cantor spokesperson said, “So….I’m confused….does POTUS want a deal or not? Because all those jabs at Congress certainly sounded like a smack in the face to me.”
Even Senator John McCain felt that the move was a “slap in the face” to Congress, and he was saddened by it.