House Dems try to force vote on extending middle-class tax rates - The Hill's On The Money
This could work in a couple ways, it could force Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on extending the middle class tax rates. With what's called a Discharge Petition, where the Minority Leader sends out a DP to the entire House to force a vote on a particular bill. When the majority is denying the minority a vote on something they want to do, these things rarely pass but there. Might be enough House Republicans who are in the lets get this behind us mood and take care of the middle class right now. So we can move on to other issues, like what we do with spending and the other 2% and their tax rates. Or Speaker Boehner might decide fearing that the Discharge Petition either passes or it has enough support to embarrass. The House Republican leadership and agree to extending the middle class tax rates on his own, meaning. Holding a vote on it, which could cause a problem with Leader Eric Cantor but he may rather have that. Fight instead by that point.