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January 01, 2013

House GOP will meet at 1 p.m.

The House of Representatives' effort to avoid the fiscal cliff begins in earnest at 1 p.m., as Republicans are scheduled to meet behind closed doors.

Republicans control the House, and Speaker John Boehner has not said he'll support the package passed overwhelming early Tuesday by the Senate.

Here is his latest public statement:

The  House will honor its commitment to consider the Senate agreement if it  is passed," he said. "Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or  promptly amend the measure will not be made until House members -- and  the American people -- have been able to review the legislation.”

When Boehner considered a plan last month to raise taxes on million dollar earners, he was seen as having about 190 Republican votes. If he can get anywhere near that figure this time, he could probably get enough Democratic support to pass the plan.

 

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