WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- House Democrats Thursday voted to block a tax deal reached by U.S. President Obama and Republicans, indicating fierce opposition within the president's party.
The House Democratic caucus adopted a non-binding resolution via voice vote, saying the bill agreed to by the White House and the GOP should not reach the House floor, The Washington Post reported.
"House Democrats share the president's commitment to providing the middle class with a tax cut to grow the economy and create jobs" but "reject the Senate Republican tax provisions as currently written," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "We will continue discussions with the president and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote."
"People would like to see every opportunity to make revisions, and I'm one of them," said House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., while Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said flatly, "If it's take it or leave it, we'll leave it."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Thursday Obama "understands that there are parts of the agreement that Democrats don't like" and noted the plan also contains provisions "Republicans don't like."
"If there are ways to strengthen the framework that are agreeable to everybody and strengthen the coalition, that's good," Gibbs said. "I think that's something that we'd have to hear -- I think that's something that House Democrats are going to have to talk about in terms of what they want to do and what they want to see.
"I mean, obviously, as I said yesterday in response to several questions, if everybody took out what they didn't like, we wouldn't -- we would have nothing."
Gibbs said the "bottom line, though, is that we will have a vote that will not result in people's taxes going up by the end of the year."