The White House hoped to set its tax cut compromise on a glide path: announce a deal, pass it in the Senate, pass an identical version in the House, sign it, move on to the next big thing.
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But yesterday, after House Democrats voted no confidence in the Obama plan, that's anything but certain. And with House Democrats vowing to tweak the package the Senate sends over next week, the White House is scrambling to make sure that doesn't happen.
"We are in the contact with the leaders in both houses and lots of individual members," said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer on a conference call with reporters yesterday.