Speaker Boehner Statement on Tax Vote

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WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this evening issued the following statement:

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass.  Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.  The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 1 tax rate increases and replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts that will begin to address our nation’s crippling debt.  The Senate must now act.”

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Editorial Commentary – Rockwall Conservative

It was Speaker Boehner’s much publicized “Plan B” that failed: raising taxes without cutting spending.

Across Texas Congressional District 4 my fellow Texans are telling our Congressman Ralph M. Hall to CUT SPENDING.

The imbalance of revenue to expenditures isn’t a matter of too little taxation, it’s a matter of too much spending.

Like a spoiled child that can’t have his way, President Obama sulks off the playing field, signifying he won’t play if he can’t make the rules.

Long ago the Founding Fathers made the rules and their priorities are clearly visible today. In order of importance, Article 1 creates the Legislative Branch, Article 2 the Executive Branch and Article 3 the Judiciary.

Article 1 empowers a simple majority of the Legislature to pass a bill that becomes law, if the President does not veto it. However, underscoring the hierarchy of authority in this country, a two-thirds majority outranks any president.

In our representative form of government, We the People are the ultimate human authority over taxes, spending and debt. House members simply represent our wishes.

Article 1, Section 7 (excerpt)

All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Article 1, Section 8 (excerpts)

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

Action Item

Continue to call and write your Congressional delegation. Here in Texas, our senators are:

Senator John Cornyn

517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2934
Fax: 202-228-2856

Webform for email: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm 

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4304
Main: 202-224-5922
Fax: 202-224-0776

Webform for email: http://www.hutchison.senate.gov/?p=email_kay

Your U.S. Representative

Webform for email to all House Members: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

For example, to contact Congressman Ralph Hall, enter zip code 75087 in the box shown. On the following web page, click on the small envelope symbol next to the Congressman’s small photograph. A webform then awaits your comments to the Congressman or Congresswoman.

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