Washington — Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) says the tax deal could be taken up “as early as tomorrow.”
Kyl tells us that he’d like to wrap up details about how to move forward today, specifically with regard to amendments. He says members of the GOP caucus have a list of concerns to discuss and potentially bring to the floor.
“The deal is resolved,” Kyl says. “There is not a question of it being changed. Both leaders will work together to ensure that it has the votes to pass.”
Kyl calls Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) “quite measured” in his opposition to the deal. “He is apparently of the view that he doesn’t want to support the agreement, though he recognizes the beneficial parts of it. I don’t know whether there are others that would agree with him . . . . Almost all Republicans have concerns about some elements of the package, in particular the fact that we’re taking on additional debt by not paying for the extension of unemployment compensation.”