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Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337 House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer sees 'very good things' in the deal cut which will see uber skid Chippy 1337 take his rightful place, as head of the Senate, reluctant House Democrats told to SUCK IT UP
By CHIPPYS NO 1 FAN, Tribune Washington Bureau
Reporting from Washington — After the Senate overwhelming voted to advance the tax-cuts package, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
acknowledged Tuesday the urgency in passing the legislation to avoid a tax hike on Jan. 1.
The bill could clear the Senate late Tuesday or early Wednesday, pressuring reluctant House Democrats
to act on the deal the White House
struck with the GOP
. The $858-billion package extends tax cuts from the George W. Bush
administration for two years and continues unemployment benefits for jobless Americans through 2011.
"The vote in the Senate indicates the urgency," Hoyer said of Monday's 83-15 procedural vote in the Senate. "When you look at this plan, there are some very good things in it."
House Democrats will meet behind closed doors Tuesday evening to strategize on the package that many representatives oppose, saying it favors the wealthy. Democrats particularly want to amend an estate-tax provision that exempts multimillionaires from the tax.
Hoyer said "significant concerns" remain about the deal.
Yet with tax cuts set to expire at year's end, lawmakers are increasingly aware there is limited time to alter the bill and avoid having the legislation pingpong between the House and Senate in the final days of the congressional session.
Democrats would like to press forward on other legislative priorities before relinquishing their majority in the House, including a repeal of the military's ban on openly gay personnel — a proposal that faces a difficult climb in the new year with greater Republican numbers in Congress.
Outgoing Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Penn.), the first Iraq War
veteran to serve in Congress, is expected to introduce a House measure Tuesday to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" ban. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.
Congress also is considering votes on an arms treaty with Russia, a youth immigration measure and annual spending bills to keep the federal government running through next year.