In a conference call with House Republicans early Thursday evening, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took no questions after making it clear to his members that the game was up and they would have to swallow the Democratic payroll tax extension.
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Boehner laid out the agreement he forged to temporarily renew the payroll tax holiday -- one his members will hate -- and said the goal is to pass the new bill by unanimous consent on Friday morning. That means if even a single recalcitrant Republican objects to his plan, the chaos will drag on for several days.
At a press conference with reporters just after the call, Boehner admitted he has no assurances that the unanimous consent request will fly -- but in a sign that he's finally laying down the law with his unruly members, he vowed to force them to take an up-or-down vote on the issue next week if they cause any trouble.
Asked if all his members would muffle their grievances and allow the bill to move ahead, Boehner admitted, "I don't know that but our goal is to do this by unanimous consent."