House Dems call for ‘up or down vote’

January 1, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Md.) tweeted Tuesday evening that House Democrats heavily favored the Senate-passed bill to avoid the fiscal cliff by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Strong majority of House Ds support bipartisan Senate bill that passed 89-8. Confident it will pass if @SpeakerBoehner allows up/down vote.

Earlier in the day, Pelosi heralded the “uncharacteristically very strong, bipartisan way” that the Senate voted in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to pass the measure with 89 votes.

“Up until now, our Speaker has said when the Senate acts, we will have a vote in the House. That is what he said, that is what we expect, that is what the American people deserve," Pelosi said after meeting with Vice President Biden and House Democrats on the plan.

“It’s only been a matter of a couple of months since the election, eight weeks, and that period of time we’ve been pushed even into a new year. It’s long overdue for us to have this solution to go forward and remove all doubt as to what comes next for our country,” she added.

“We expect, the American people deserve, an up or down vote on what was passed in the Senate,” she added.

Speaking with Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that “I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ll have bipartisanship” in the House.

But later in the day, the measure hit strong opposition from House Republicans, with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and others saying they do not want to support a deal that doesn't cut spending.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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