Congressional Republicans have made the conscious choice to abandon their constituents and leave the process of finding a solution to the fiscal cliff to Congressional Democrats and the White House. It is still unclear if they would be willing to pass any plan crafted by the Democrats, and the constitutionality of the legislation coming out of the Senate could be challenged due to the way the Constitution assigns powers.
Tea Party groups are said to be delighted with the impending fiscal cliff despite the fact that it has been projected to tank the economy into a depression.
Michael Steel, House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman, stated “We’ll see what Senate Democrats are able to produce.” A statement from the House leadership read “The House will take … action on whatever the Senate can pass, but the Senate first must act. The lines of communication remain open, and we will continue to work with our colleagues to avert the largest tax hike in American history, and to address the underlying problem, which is spending.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell complained about no outreach coming from the Democrats, but that was quickly rebuked by the Democrats who noted that there has been no cooperation from the Republicans in the Senate at all on the issue of the fiscal cliff.
Following the blowing up of the talks by Speaker Boehner just before Christmas, no negotiations have seriously taken place. Boehner has also stated that he is not calling the House back into session on Thursday.