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    so forgive me if you've read this before, they are using a shell for a last minute shell game.

    Speaker John A. Boehner’s proposed fallback plan to deal with the tax rate increases looming at the end of the year would give Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid what might be a much-needed Christmas present.

    When the House Rules Committee gave formal notice of a meeting to set up floor debate for test votes on two proposals to extend some expiring tax rates, the panel’s advisory noted the measures would be offered as substitute amendments to a carefully selected but wholly unrelated bill.

    The shell of a joint resolution that began as a routine annual extension of import restrictions on Myanmar will become the legislative vehicle selected for the “plan B” by Boehner, R-Ohio. The measure (H J Res 66) has already passed through both the House and Senate in different forms, which may give it obscure procedural advantages that could cut down on the time needed to approve a final fiscal cliff deal.

    Under Senate rules, there’s no way to block calling up what’s known as a “message from the House” — which is effectively a House amendment to a bill previously passed by the House and amended by the Senate. In effect, Boehner’s proposal could allow Reid, D-Nev., to avoid a filibuster of a motion to proceed.

    Using the Myanmar sanctions vehicle has another advantage in the House. There is no opportunity for the House Democrats to offer their own amendment in the form of a motion to recommit the measure.

    In other words, they are getting ready to ram catfood through and in the process take away the best advantage we have, the Bush Tax cuts expiring. Plus Republicans are not acting on unemployment. They win this way, they reserve their powder for a debt ceiling fight.

    Stop this madness DC Democrats.
    Go over the cliff

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:33:37 AM PST

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