Fiscal Cliff

John Boehner Offers House Republicans Two Choices on Fiscal Cliff

Amend the Senate bill to add spending cuts or vote for it as is

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As House Republicans try to get past an impasse on the "fiscal cliff", House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio presented his members with two options: to amend the bill with new spending cuts or to just vote on the Senate bill as-is.

After meeting with the Republican conference and listening to members' concerns, Boehner cooked up the plan.  According to a GOP leadership aide, the first option would be create an amendment to the Senate bill that would add a package of spending cuts. If the House GOP leadership can find 218 votes to support this amendment, they will bring it up for a vote and send an amended bill back to the Senate.