Update 8:06 p.m. ET: House Republicans will vote Tuesday night on a bill put forward by the Senate to avert the fiscal cliff.
On Tuesday evening, House Republicans met to determine whether or not there was enough support for an amendment calling for additional spending cuts. According to NBC News, Republicans could not find enough votes to pass the amended bill and will therefore bring the clean Senate bill to the floor sometime Tuesday night.
Both parties met Tuesday on the first of the new year to discuss the Senate’s last-minute agreement, which was passed with a vote of 89-8, in a final effort to negotiate a deal. Vice President Biden met with the Democratic caucus in what Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra called a “frank” conversation to discuss what the Senate was able to compromise on early Tuesday morning.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the negotiations were a step in the right direction, and that the Senate made “gigantic progress” with Tuesday morning’s bill. “We expect, the American people deserve, an up or down vote on what was passed in the Senate,” she said after the meeting.
Ohio Rep. Steven LaTourette told NBC’s Luke Russert on MSNBC Tuesday that there was an overwhelming consensus among House Republicans that the leadership should find an amendment to address spending in a responsible way.
Without a deal from both the House and Senate, negotiations would have to start over when the 113th Congress is sworn in on Thursday.