[Updated at 1:32 p.m.] Two leading House Democrats indicated Thursday the House of Representatives is set to approve the controversial $858 billion tax deal largely negotiated by the White House and top Senate Republicans.
However, a procedural snafu delayed consideration of the measure, as Democratic leaders held it back over concerns they lacked support on how the debate would proceed, according to a senior Democratic aide. It was unclear if the House Democrats would muster enough support to proceed Thursday or have to change the rules.
The bill, which cleared the Senate 81-19 on Wednesday, was expected to eventually win approval despite strong objections from both the left and the right. Among other things, House liberals remain strongly opposed to what they argue is a deficit-exploding giveaway to the rich in the form of a lower estate tax.
It is "pretty clear the handwriting is on the wall (that) this is going to pass," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, a vocal critic of the agreement.
It "seems that the momentum is with a bill that is unchanged," added Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland.FULL STORY