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By one count, 25 House Republicans leaning against ‘Plan B’

As we first noted last night, House Republicans need at least 217 votes to pass Speaker John A. Boehner's "Plan B" to raise taxes on people earning more than $1 million annually.

Currently there are two House vacancies and 241 total Republicans. That means if every member shows up for the vote today, the conference can spare 24 defections and still deliver a majority without Democratic support.

But a count being maintained by The Hill newspaper suggests "Plan B" is on the verge of failure. Based on interviews with members and their votes for or against the rule establishing debate of "Plan B," the newspaper counts at least 25 GOP lawmakers firmly or leaning towards voting "no" for Boehner's bill.

This preliminary whip count does not mean that lawmakers ultimately will vote against the bill, especially if it is possible that their votes could tip the scales in either direction.

Here's The Hill's list, as of 4:21 p.m. ET:

Justin Amash (Mich.) Will vote no; voted against the rule

Joe Barton (Texas) Opposed

Paul Broun (Ga.) He is now a firm no; voted against the rule

John Fleming (La.) Leaning no

Trent Franks (Ariz.) Voted against the rule

Trey Gowdy (S.C.) Opposed

Louie Gohmert (Texas) Voted against the rule

Andy Harris (Md.) Voted against the rule

Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) Will vote no; voted against the rule

Walter Jones (N.C.) Voted against the rule

Jim Jordan (Ohio) Will vote no; voted against the rule

Raul Labrador (Idaho) “I’m a ‘Hell, no!’ ” he said.

Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) Opposed

Jeff Landry (La.) Opposed; voted against the rule

Kenny Marchant (Texas) Leaning no

Thomas Massie (Ky.) Voted against the rule

Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Opposed

Ron Paul (Texas) Voted against the rule

Steve Scalise (La.) Went from undecided to no after Rules Committee rejected his amendment

Jean Schmidt (Ohio) Voted against the rule

David Schweikert (Ariz.) Said on Twitter, "I'm a NO vote...bad tax hikes and no spending cuts."

Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Opposed

Joe Walsh (Ill.) Will vote no; voted against the rule

Allen West (Fla.) Leaning no, citing sequester

Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) Firm no


Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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