Across the aisle and dome, some Republicans in the House already have vowed to vote against the measure, and as more details emerged about the bill, more were joining the chorus.
Rep. Jack Kingston, who said he was leaning toward voting against the bill on Wednesday afternoon, said he thinks the measure will pass.
“I suspect we’ll get there,” the Georgia Republican said. “Once you have a conference report ... you can afford to lose 60 people on either side.”
Senate Democrats had been waiting to see whether House Republicans could clear the package before responding to the agreement or providing Members of their own caucus with details of the deal.
Top Democrats did discuss it during their weekly chairmen’s lunch, and many aides expect at least some backlash during an afternoon meeting of the full caucus today. They also are concerned that if an agreement is reached, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) could block any unanimous consent agreement that would be needed to vote on the package by Friday, the Senate Democratic aide said.
Paul has delayed consideration of the Senate transportation bill and the confirmation of a judge in an effort to get a vote on his proposal to cut off aid to Egypt until Americans being held there are released. Paul wants to use the roughly $1.3 billion a year the United States provides to Egypt in aid as an incentive for the Egyptian authorities to release the Americans.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.