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January 01, 2013

Can the Fiscal Cliff Deal Pass the House?

The budget deal hammered out late last night and passed overwhelmingly by the Senate early this morning now heads for a vote in the House of Representatives.

The Hill reports it's still unclear how House Republicans will react, "especially given that the deal essentially avoids the $109 billion in planned spending cuts, and offsets that delay with some cuts and new tax revenue."

GOP aides tell Politico that the wide bipartisan vote in the Senate "would ease the bill's passage through the House, but hurdles still remain. It remains to be seen whether House Republicans try to amend the package -- a tactic that would surely sink the deal."

Howard Kurtz: "It could be that the two parties will wrap this up quickly, making the technical failure to meet the self-imposed deadline a mere historical footnote. But the Obama Democrats and Boehner Republicans have proven time and again that they are capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."


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