Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the move was the "most irresponsible thing I have seen since I have been in Washington."
Boehner added that uncertainty over U.S. tax policy was a major contributor to uncertainty within the business community and a big factor in the reluctance of many companies to add jobs. "The American people are asking where the jobs are?" Boehner said. "We don't have jobs because of all the uncertainty coming out of this administration and this Congress."
Later in the program, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the reason the Democratic leadership in the House sidelined the tax debate was because Senate inaction meant it wouldn't go anywhere anyway, The Hill reported.
"The Senate has refused to move forward on that issue," Hoyer said, calling a House vote before the November election "a specious act."