In a fairly stunning departure from their earlier assertions, House Republicans pulled House Speaker John Boehner’s back-up tax bill from the floor late Thursday night, admitting that there was not enough support for the plan to pass. “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Sen. [Harry] Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.” The failure of the “Plan B” bill has Democrats, and many Republicans, hopeful that President Barack Obama and Boehner can finally agree on a bipartisan deal.
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