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Hoyer: Fierce Urgency Of Now To Pass Tax Cut Plan

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Despite the best efforts of reporters at his press conference this morning, Hoyer didn't show all of his cards. But he suggested that a combination of pressure from Republicans and the need to resolve this issue quickly will prevail over any attempt to scrap the deal.

"If the House Democratic Leadership decides to make partisan changes, they will ensure that every American taxpayer will see a job-killing tax hike on January 1st," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement yesterday evening.

So how does Dem leadership squeeze balance those two competing pressures?

"There are many members of the House that want to reflect their view on a number of the issues in the bill," Hoyer said.

This would likely be reflected in attempts to amend the bill that's expected to pass in the Senate later today -- to change the estate tax provision, among others -- that would not get 218 votes. Hoyer demurred when I asked if the leadership would whip those amendments.

"We've had that vote. Pretty much people have expressed their opinion on that vote. We've had that vote. Now people are going to have to decide again on the urgency of this bill, and what they believe will facilitate or not facilitate this bill moving forward."

The end game is coming into focus.

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