End in Sight for Tax Cut Debate? Senate Passes Key Bill


House Democrats, who were huddled until late Tuesday night in a closed-caucus meeting, told reporters that the Democratic leadership had not yet come to a conclusion on moving forward with the Senate bill, but that the options are plentiful and a vote is still expected by the end of the week. But before the House Democratic leadership decides how to move forward on the bill, it will wait to see what the Senate accomplishes in Wednesday's vote.

"We're not happy people," Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the rules committee, told reporters.

Beyond their opposition to the extension of tax cuts for the wealthy and the estate tax provision of the deal, some House Democrats have expressed their frustrations with the length of the unemployment extension being only 13 months, while many of the other proposals are two-year extensions.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned this week that if the House votes to make changes to the Senate bill, it could bring the whole bill down.

House minority leader and incoming speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, today expressed full support for the tax package and urged the Democratic leadership to enable their members to vote on the Senate bill.

"I'm for the package. That much I can tell you," Boehner said today. "If I get a chance to vote on it, I'll vote for it."

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