House GOP leaders: We’ll bring Senate deal to floor

With a Senate vote on the fiscal cliff deal likely to take place before the night is over, House Republican leaders late Monday renewed their pledge to bring to the House floor any "fiscal cliff" deal that's able to pass the upper chamber.

They notably stopped short of promising anything more than that. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has stated since his "Plan B" fell apart that it's up to the House to decide whether to take up a Senate-passed deal as-is or amend it and send it back.

“The House will honor its commitment to consider the Senate agreement if it is passed," Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) said in their 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.”

If the deal passes the Senate, the earliest the House is likely to take it up will be Tuesday afternoon.

One development that could play a role in determining members' support: the inclusion of a provision that would halt the upcoming pay increase for members of Congress:

 

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