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Plan B Gets a Vote

Later today, the House will vote on Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B.”

According to the Speaker’s office, the first vote (H.R. 6684) will be on a replacement of the defense sequester. In other words, it’s a package of spending cuts to replace the scheduled defense cuts. “The House passed this bill in May but Senate Democrats never took action,” Boehner’s office writes. By including this legislation as part of his fiscal-cliff deal, Boehner hopes to woo conservatives.

The second vote (H.J. Res. 66) will be on the main part of Boehner’s plan, which is an extension of current tax rates for “everyone making less than $1 million,” plus “the $1,000 child tax credit, expensing relief for small businesses, and much more.”

Last night, Boehner was seen whipping on the floor (a rare sight), and he personally met with the whip team to count noses. Several House members tell National Review Online that both measures should pass. A revolt seems unlikely.

According to the Washington Post, Boehner needs 217 votes, due to two vacancies, and with 241 Republicans in his caucus, he can “spare 24 defections and still deliver a majority without Democratic support.”

The votes are scheduled to occur between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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