House considers amendments to Senate fiscal cliff deal, GOP want spending cuts


The House GOP is currently checking votes to see if it can collect the necessary 218 votes to pass the Senate fiscal cliff bill with spending cuts package.  If so, the bill with amendments will be brought to the House floor.


However, if there are not 218 votes, Boehner will likely bring the Senate 'fiscal cliff' deal to the House floor without changes for a straight up-down vote.   The Congressional Budget Office has announced the Senate fiscal cliff bill would add $3.967T to the national deficit over the next 10 years.


Keep in mind that House Democrats opposed to the Senate bill could technically support the spending cut amendments (the "poison pill") to have it collect the 218 votes and then fall flat in the Senate (note that Democrat-leaning Senate will not support any amended bill from the House GOP).