Senate Democrats Won’t Vote On Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Proposal


The media narrative surrounding the fiscal cliff is casting Republicans as rigid ideologues who are obstructing a deal from President Obama. Except, the person obstructing Obama’s deal in the US Senate is…Harry Reid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a vote on President Obama’s proposal, articulated last week by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that “there is no Geithner proposal.”

“If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it,” McConnell said today. “So I’m surprised the Majority Leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes. I guess we’re left to conclude that it couldn’t even pass by a bare majority of votes, and that they’d rather take the country off the cliff than actually work out a good-faith agreement that reflects tough choices on both sides.”

SAB readers might also remember that President Obama’s budgets were non-starters in Congress too, failing by unanimous votes in both the House and Senate.

Which almost makes it seem like Obama is proposing poison pills, forcing Republicans to either put their fingerprints on massive tax hikes, drawing the resentment of Americans who look to them to keep taxes low, or allow the nation to go over the “fiscal cliff,” for which they’d get the blame from Democrats and the media.

But remember, it’s Republicans and Grover Norquist who are playing politics.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • banjo kid

    Since FDR we have not such a dangerous administration, nor will we ever have again if there is another time . I can see a republican winning in 2016 but they will fail to bring it back and then Clinton along with her hubby will run for the office and win; then we will be in even more trouble, that is if she gets a face lift and maybe a body lift.

    • Neiman

      If your 2016 prediction proves true, it will be without any of the family/moral values issues, no support of the Christian faith, more support for welfare type programs and higher taxes, they don’t have the core values or courage to stand on principle.

      • banjo kid

        It is just a thought, nothing more nothing less . There are all kinds of scenarios out there but the two party system is just that, we have two groups that want power and maybe a third now and again that would warrant the sheep’s attention . I have no idea what will happen short of I know the Lord is coming soon as we have about went as far down as a nation can go. There is something super natural about Obama and his administration. In the past I would not have seen this as most were disqualified over an affair now they can lie after lie and still get to run. The super natural I speak of is not of God but of Satan .

        • Neiman

          In many ways Obama fits the bill, as does the great liberal, antichrist delusion settling over this world, a delusion we were told would come upon all flesh (except the faithful). We have always thought he would come out of Rome, in the past century maybe from Spain, in recent decades even that it might be the Mahdi, that the antichrist would be Muslim.

          All I can say is that you are right about the supernatural nature to Obama’s rise to almost absolute power and so swiftly. I don’t know many things, I do know that if Obama is not him, he is one of the false christ’s we were told to expect and a foreshadow of the real thing.

  • John Lindquist

    If Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy showed as much courage in staring down this little boy as they have in punishing conservatives in their own ranks, they could simply come straight out and say, “The president hasn’t put forth a serious proposal, he is not acting in good faith, and until he comes forward with a reasonable proposal, all negotiations are off.”

    They could then limit any deal to these spending cuts and only these spending cuts, along with current taxes to be raised and only those taxes. After that, they could play real hardball with the debt ceiling, but sadly, they’re slimy cowards.

    They may as well realize that no matter what happens, they’ll be to blame, so they may as well do the right thing and hold a hard line against spending and debt. As to the Clinton rates being reinstated, I’m almost ok with my bill going up since a good percentage of the 47% will again start paying for the benefits they are receiving.


      we sent cowards to Washington DC, that is obvious

  • sbark

    Lets flip the coin to the other side here…………

    If the Federal Reserve can just create trillions of dollars a year in Quanitative easing money and hand it over to the federal government, then why are tax revenues needed at all by Obama? Just create more paper money to cover perpetual entitlements and crony spending.

    If debt doesn’t matter as the Left tells , then taxes aren’t needed at all

    Under the current warped system of unlimited spending, unlimited money creation and unlimited Govt debt that “doesn’t matter” according to the bureaucrats in Washington, there is absolutely no reason why any so-called “revenue” needs to be collected from the working class population whatsoever. “Revenue” only matters if debt matters, and we’ve been told by everybody in Washington, except a few that debt doesn’t matter.
    Tax hikes for the “rich” can then be called simply a political statement, a gov. punishment for those producers who basiclly vote against the Left…………

    fighting left wing absurdity……..with more absurdity?

  • Roy_Bean

    I don’t understand how Obama can demand a proposal from the Republicans and demand what he wants in it. Why don’t they sit back and say “you won, so give us your proposal to vote on”. If Heidi/Harry/Barry have such a good idea, let’s hear it.

  • SigFan

    Nothing says courage of your convictions and support for your beliefs like refusing to even bring it up for a vote. Reid and the entirety of the Democrats are a joke – but not a very funny joke.

  • LastBestHope

    SEN. RAND PAUL: “I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let’s don’t be the party of just almost as high taxes.”

    • realitybasedbob

      Mr. Hopey, please send Mr. Paul all your money.

  • HG

    Quit even trying to negotiate with the President. If the House democrats won’t negotiate or act as a liaison to the President, then that’s that. Republicans will have done all they can do. Gov’t, meet fiscal cliff.

  • Joseph R Carreiro Sr

    There are many screws in the Democratic machinery but the major spikes are Reid and Pelosi.If you don’t back your President and he is in your party something is very very wrong.I wonder if Obama is upset with these guys.