At the end of the day, the American people need a plan that works, he said. Republicans argued their tax cuts would create twice as many jobs as the Democratic plan at half the cost, and said Democrats had failed to consider their ideas.
But Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Republicans had failed to offer new ideas. What they have to have are ideas for the future, she said, adding that Republicans are peddling some of the same ideas that got us into this mess.
And Democrats were convinced Republicans were effectively walking the political plank.
Sometimes your party asks too much of you, and I think the Republican Party is really putting a heavy load on the other side of the aisle, Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.