Guests: Reps. Hoyer, Cummings, Van Hollen & Garamendi

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - December 20, 2012

THE ED SHOW with ED SCHULTZDecember 20, 2012

Guests: Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings, John Garamendi, Steve Benen, Michael Tomasky, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Howard Dean

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW from New York.

This is the situation at this hour: The House is in recess subject to the call of the chair.

John Boehner doesn`t have the votes.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.


REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: I did my part. They`ve done nothing.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): John Boehner`s "Plan B" is dead on arrival. But that`s not stopping him from wasting America`s time.

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), MAJORITY LEADER: These are gyrations I`ve never seen before.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, Congressman Chris Van Hollen on the Republicans in chaos.

Congressman Elijah Cummings and John Garamendi on where the Dems go next.

Plus, ABC`s Jake Tapper took it to the president on gun control.

JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS: Where have you been?

SCHULTZ: Today, the Republican leadership was forced to respond.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean on the Republican disappearing act on guns. And a preview of tomorrow`s NRA news conference.

And righties have their bogus war on Christmas.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Santa, if you will, I understand you don`t like to say happy holidays. Why?

SCHULTZ: Tonight, I`ll tell you about the real war on Christmas and the people who stand to suffer for it.


SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

Tonight, Washington Republicans are wasting our time. Republicans are supposed to vote on John Boehner`s infamous "Plan B" at this hour. The House is in recess as Republican leaders basically are scrambling to get all the votes.

House Speaker John Boehner pushed for a vote on the bill even though it has no chance of surviving in the Senate. It would be vetoed by the president if it did.

Boehner`s "Plan B", it makes tax increases permanent for income above $1 million. Compared to the White House plan, basically, folks, it`s a joke.

President Obama proposed a $2.5 trillion package -- $1.2 trillion would come from spending cuts, $1.3 trillion would come from tax increases.

"Plan B" only includes $1 trillion in tax revenue and the rest of course is unspecified. It also includes no deal on raising the debt ceiling.

President Obamas latest offer takes the debt ceiling off the table for the next two years, which I think most Americans want. Boehner flat out lied to the American people today when he announced tonight`s vote.


BOEHNER: President Obama and Senate Democrats haven`t done much of anything. Their "Plan B" is just slow-walk us over the fiscal cliff. And for weeks the White House said that if I moved on rate, that they would make substantial concessions on spending cuts and entitlement reforms.

I did my part. They`ve done nothing.


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