Posted on | January 1, 2013 | 41 Comments
Earlier today, it was reported that House Republicans would insist on adding spending cuts to the version of the fiscal-cliff deal that the Senate passed. However, faced with the likelihood that President Obama would denounce such a measure, and the Democrat-led Senate would reject the House version, the decision has now reportedly been made to permit a straight up-or-down vote on the Senate bill. It is currently being “debated” on the House floor and is expected to pass.
UPDATE: Darrell Issa has an interesting theory on the Republican Senators who voted for this deal:
BLITZER: All of those 89, including all of those conservative Republicans, including Pat Toomey and others, they were wrong?
ISSA: You know, Wolf, frankly I can’t account for what happens after midnight and all of that partying and revelry and drinking that goes on on New Years Eve at 2:00 in the morning.
Just don’t say they were “spending like drunken sailors.” At least sailors spend their own money.
They just began one hour of final debate on the bill at 9:46 p.m. ET, which means the vote should conclude shortly after 11.
UPDATE II: And they just voted to pass it, 257-167, with Democrats voting overwhelmingly in favor, and Republicans voting against it by about a 2-to-1 margin.
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