BREAKING: House Dems reject tax cut deal

(Updated below.) According to Sam Stein at the Huffington Post, House Democrats have rejected the tax cut deal:

In a meeting on Thursday morning, the House Democratic caucus rejected the president’s proposed deal on the Bush tax cuts but did not fully submarine the possibility of its passage, multiple sources tell The Huffington Post.

Members, by voice vote, passed a motion to reject the deal as currently written. The motion had been put forward by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.) and was seconded, informally, by Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.).

“It was an indication of disapproval and a rejection of the deal as currently written,” said one House Democratic aide.

Read for the details. Sounds like the Democrats want changes. The estate tax provision was one mentioned. I’m sure we’ll get more info soon.

Here’s hoping we don’t get a compromise to the compromise that still feels bad.

UPDATE: More from Politico. It was a non-binding resolution in a Caucus meeting (my emphasis):

Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio offered a resolution in a closed Democratic Caucus meeting Thursday morning that said Democrats would oppose the bill in its current form. … While this doesn’t necessarily scuttle the whole tax deal, it is “highly unlikely” that the tax-cut agreement will come to the floor as is, according to senior Democratic aides. A tax compromise could still pass if an overwhelming majority of Republicans voted for it alongside several dozen Democrats. But at this point, Democrats are making it clear they want changes before anything comes to the House floor.

Note those twin points: (1) This resolution attempts to prevent the bill from coming to the floor; (2) if it does come to the floor, it could pass if all Republicans and just a few Dems vote for it.

If that happens (passage with all Repubs and few Dems), this will clearly be a Republican bill, championed by Obama. If Pelosi surrenders down the line, watch the maneuvering of vote counts to make sure those appearances don’t match that reality.


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