In an interview with Fox News outside Thursday's Democratic Caucus meeting, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) says he expects the tax agreement passed overwhelmingly by the Senate Wednesday to also pass in the House.
Weiner opposes the bill and is unclear if there are votes for the an alternate plan put forth by North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy that makes changes to Estate Tax rates. However, Weiner says that the original bill seems to be on a glide path to passage.
"It's pretty clear the handwriting is on the wall it's going to pass," Weiner says.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) also opposes the bill and worries about how the legislation adds to the deficit.
"Next year, Republicans will be screaming we have an 'Obama Deficit' and we need to cut programs," Cummings said. "Republicans love this. And that's a bad sign."
Cummings also suggested that many members are studying yesterday's overwhelming Senate vote as a guide.
"Some members looked at the Senate vote as a lopsided vote. That's a pretty strong vote," Cummings said.
President Obama has been calling House Democrats, including Cummings who got a call from the president earlier in the week.
"You don't need a lot of Democrats," Cummings said, noting that Mr. Obama's call didn't sway him. "And I'm a big, big-time supporter of the president."