Key House Democrats: Tax deal will pass
December 16th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

Key House Democrats: Tax deal will pass

[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.

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  1. amy

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    December 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. tazzy


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  3. Cesar

    Oh, Tazzy, you have so much to say. I agree with you 100%, "...?" So articulate. Did you attend Harvard or Yale?

    December 17, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cesar

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    December 17, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tazzy


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