WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders had planned to hold a final vote on the tax package this evening, but it's looking like that could slip amid a dispute over terms of the debate.
Some Democrats want to make changes to the package President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans, and vote is expected on imposing a higher estate tax.
Such a change could derail the bill, but Democratic leaders are
leaving the arm-twisting to the White House. Obama is urging the House to pass the bill as is, so he can sign it into law before a sweeping series of tax cuts expires at the end of the year.
New York Democrat Louise Slaughter, who chairs the House Rules Committee, says it's "a vote people are making for their
consciences." And California Democrat Xavier Becerra says Obama "has been working it hard."
Still many Democrats, even critics of the bill, are resigned to it ultimately passing with the lower estate tax.
The Senate passed it yesterday by a 81-19 vote.