Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) found himself presiding over the House of Representatives Thursday night as the GOP narrowly passed a bill to cut spending. That’s part of the Republican solution to avert the fiscal cliff. At the end of the vote sequence, the House would launch debate on what House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized as Plan B, an effort to renew tax breaks for Americans earning less than $1,000,000 a year.
And without warning, the Republican leadership instructed Bass to rap the gavel and pitch the House into an unexpected recess.
“I had no idea,” Bass said moments later when asked if he was aware the impromptu recess was coming. “And they told me to make it snappy, too.”
Improvised recesses are never a good sign in Congress. They’re almost always a signal the majority party doesn’t have the votes to pass the critical bill at hand. Read entire column here