House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Tuesday that she believes enough Republicans might balk at deep cuts to food stamps being proposed by Republican leadership to stop the bill.
“We’re optimistic that we can win this vote,” Pelosi said. “Maybe I’m just hoping for divine intervention, but I really do believe that there are enough Republicans who will not identify themselves with such a cut.”
As TPM reported Tuesday, the whip count for the bill — drafted by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to appease the right wing of his party — looks uncertain. If enough moderate Republicans abandon the bill on the floor, it could fail. A vote is expected by the end of the week.