GOP Groups Don't Agree on Boehner's 'Plan B'

GOP groups and lawmakers share very different opinions on Boehner's fiscal plan.

House Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenant, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, have brought down the hammer on free thought, conservative activists say.

House Speaker John Boehner's "plan b" proposal irks some conservative heavyweights.

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Republicans who control the re-election purse strings are sending Republicans on Capitol Hill mixed signals as to how they should vote on House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B," a proposal related to the fiscal cliff that would give Americans making less than $1 million per year a permanent tax cut.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said that the bill is not a violation of the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," a document signed by 279 lawmakers that says they will never raise taxes.

"This tax bill contains no tax increases of any kind — in fact, it permanently prevents them," Americans for Tax Reform said in a statement. "ATR will not consider a vote for this measure a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge."

Meanwhile the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC that supports GOP candidates who champion fiscal responsibility, said it considers a vote for "Plan B" a step in the wrong direction.

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"On the substances, this bill is anti-growth. It increases tax rates for those making over $1 million while also raising taxes on capital gains and dividends, We don't buy into the Washington-speak suggesting that these are actually tax cuts," Club for Growth said in a released statement.

And the Heritage Action, an advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation, a GOP think tank, echoed the sentiment that Boehner's "Plan B" is fiscally irresponsible.

"America's coming fiscal crisis is a result of overspending, not under-taxing. Allowing a tax increase to hit a certain segment of Americans and small businesses is not a solution; it is a political ploy," the Heritage Foundation said.

Tea Party

Lawmakers are equally split on Boehner's proposal. Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp has said he cannot vote for tax increases.

"I think this is a serious distraction for the real issue, which is spending," Huelskamp said on Fox News.

Others, however, have asserted they will follow the speaker's lead to stop massive tax increases and $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts slated to hit in January.

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Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions said "We are going to support the speaker. We are not cliff divers."

Boehner announced Wednesday he plans to bring "Plan B" to the floor to be passed Thursday.

He said he hopes the president will "get serious soon" and encourage Democrats in the Senate to also take up the bill.

"Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American — 99.81 percent of the American people," Boehner said during the press conference. "Then the president will have a decision to make. He can call on Senate Democrats to pass the bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."

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Lauren Fox is a political reporter for U.S. News & World Report. She can be reached at or you can follow her on Twitter @foxreports.