House Majority Leader John Boehner and Republicans have been pushing hard for the House to take up the issue of extending the Bush tax cuts, but Democrats voted to adjourn. The motion to adjourn passed by a single vote, with a significant number of the Democratic caucus siding with the GOP:
Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against a resolution to adjourn the lower chamber after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a rare floor speech urging them to do so over inaction on the expiring Bush tax cuts.
The final vote on the resolution to break for recess, which became a referendum on whether or not to vote on extending the tax cuts, only passed 210-209 after it was quickly gaveled to a close.
Boehner argued that deciding to adjourn without a vote on extending the tax cuts would be “an irresponsibility on the part of this Congress.”
Members who voted to adjourn were “putting their election above the needs of your constituents,” he said. “Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress the chance to vote on extending tax rates.”
Remember this vote next to next time Democrats run around calling Republicans “obstructionists.”