Rep. Chris Van Hollen, meanwhile, criticized the White House for negotiating poorly by agreeing to an extra cut in the estate tax. Pelosi previously tapped the incoming Budget Committee ranking member to lead House Democrats in negotiations with the White House and Republicans on tax cut extensions.
“That did not have to be part of the deal,” the Maryland Democrat said in an MSNBC interview Wednesday.
“It was made very clear to the administration at every step of this process this was just a bridge too far,” Van Hollen said, adding that he had personally warned the White House against it. “There was no reason this had to be part of the deal.”
Asked whether the bill could pass in its current form this Congress, Van Hollen said, “I think the jury’s out.
“I’m not sure this bill can pass in this form in the House of Representatives.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.