Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released the following statement today following House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement of a “plan b” he’s putting forth to avoid the January 1 fiscal cliff:
“Speaker Boehner’s ‘plan B’ is the farthest thing from a balanced approach. It will not protect middle class families because it cannot pass both Houses of Congress. The Senate bill is the only ‘plan B’ that can be signed into law and prevent taxes from rising by $2,200 on the average middle-class family.Now is the time to show leadership, not kick the can down the road. Speaker Boehner should focus his energy on forging a large-scale deficit reduction agreement. It would be a shame if Republicans abandoned productive negotiations due to pressure from the Tea Party, as they have time and again.”
First off, negotiations are not productive or they would have had a plan in place. Secondly, Harry Reid for the last three years has chosen not to vote on bills passed by the Republican led House of Representatives as a way to shut them down and cause havoc.