What Will the House Do?
The Senate approved the cliff bill 89-8, and the President would sign that bill. But House Speaker John Boehner hasn’t endorsed the agreement, and may have an alternative bill which may or may not fly with the White House and Senate. It will require a some effort to get House Republicans, particularly the far-right flank, on board.
Winning passage in the House will require a sales job by leaders who are trying to resist pressure from the ideological fringes of their parties. House Republicans oppose tax increases for any income level and many may resist a bipartisan Senate deal that lacks spending cuts. Some Senate Democrats opposed the bill because it didn’t raise enough revenue.
Boehner has said the House also might change whatever the Senate passes, sending it back to the Senate for consideration.
“The House will honor its commitment to consider the Senate agreement if it is passed,” Boehner and other Republican leaders said in a statement. “Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or promptly amend the measure will not be made until House members — and the American people — have been able to review the legislation.”