Boehner: Timing of Tax Vote Up to Pelosi, But She Should Post Final Bill for Three Days

December 9, 2010 - 2:56 PM

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(CNSNews.com) -- House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will be speaker of the House in the next Congress, says it is up to current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to decide when to schedule a vote on legislation to deal with Bush-era tax rates, which are currently set to expire at the end of the year causing income tax rates to rise across-the-board.

Boehner also says Pelosi should give members of Congress and the American people three days to read the final bill.

Earlier today, in a private meeting, the House Democratic Caucus voted to reject a tax deal negotiated between President Obama and Republican congressional leaders and Pelosi issued a statement vowing to "improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote."

CNSNews.com asked Rep. Boehner’s press office how long he would give the American people and members of Congress to read the actual, final text of the tax bill before bringing it up for a vote?

“Nancy Pelosi will be speaker of the House until January 5, 2011," Boehner's spokesman responded. "So, the decision on when and how to schedule a vote on the tax package would be entirely up to her. “

“House Republicans have made a pledge to America to post all bills online for at least three days before they’re voted on,” said the spokesman. “We would certainly hope that the current Speaker would hold to the same standard.”

This morning CNSNews.com asked the press offices of Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) the same question it asked Boehner.  None have responded.