Fleming said the substance of Obama’s speech, not the tone, that made him less likely to vote for the Senate deal.
What Obama is “basically saying is, I get the tax increases, but we’re not going to have any cuts. Then he said, going forward, next year, if we have any cuts in spending, we’re going to have commensurate tax increases. So he wants to double down now,” Fleming said.
Brady said House passage would be “difficult” and found provisions in the deal that had been reported “highly objectionable.”
There is already early discussion among Republicans about plans to amend the Senate bill.
“I’ll be a ‘yes’ on the tax piece, but I hope they split it up because I’ll be a ‘no’ on kicking the can down the road on the sequester,” LaTourette said.
Boehner and other members of leadership did not address any plans at the conference meeting, saying the House will wait until the Senate has acted.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., also told members at the meeting to remain near the Capitol in a “good state of mind,” presumably referring to any alcoholic beverages that lawmakers may imbibe on New Year’s Eve.
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.