Maryland Lawmaker Not Sold On Boehner's 'Plan B' | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Maryland Lawmaker Not Sold On Boehner's 'Plan B'

Play associated audio

Democrats in the D.C. region say House Speaker John Boehner's latest plan to divert the fiscal cliff is dead on arrival.

Last year some prominent Democrats proposed raising taxes on people making more than $1 million per year, but you wouldn't know it from their response to Boehner's "Plan B" proposal this week. Plan B would let the Bush-era tax cuts expire on income over $1 million.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) opposes the move, saying the proposal doesn't move the two sides closer to a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

"It's not going anywhere, so I just think it's not helpful," Cardin says. "It seems like more trying to cover, and I'm not sure what he's trying to cover so I don't think it's helpful."

With no deal, steep budget cuts known as sequestration are slated to rip through the federal budget in January, which could hit the Washington area especially hard. Besides wanting to avoid that, many of the region's Democrats also want to raise the debt limit as a part of budget agreement. Cardin believes there's still time.

"I still hope we can get at least a deal that will avoid sequestration, that avoids the debt limit, and get at least enough done for that," Cardin says.

The speaker's latest proposal could come to the House floor as early as Thursday.

NPR

Teaching Students To Hear The Music In The Built World

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Now in her 70s, Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male-dominated field.
NPR

At Last: Kentucky Authorities Bust Ring Behind Great Bourbon Heist

In 2013, more than 200 bottles of pricey Pappy Van Winkle bourbon vanished from a Kentucky distillery. Tuesday authorities announced indictments in what appears to be a much bigger crime syndicate.
NPR

In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

Senate negotiators reached a deal Tuesday on an anti-human trafficking bill, which is expected to pave the way for the Senate to finally vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general.
NPR

Google's New Search Algorithm Stokes Fears Of 'Mobilegeddon'

This week, Google started prioritizing mobile-friendly websites in Google searches made on a smartphone. The change could hurt businesses whose sites don't pass Google's mobile-ready test.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.