WASHINGTON (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday House committees will begin action on the economic recovery package in the next couple of weeks, with a vote in the full House slated for the week after the inauguration. But if that schedule slips, Pelosi pledged to cancel the House's planned weeklong break in mid-February for the President's Day.
"We are not going home without an economic recovery package,” Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi said Obama's plan "almost sight unseen" already has broad public support, citing a poll from Politico that says four in five Americans support the president-elect's plan.
A senior Pelosi aide said discussions about the details are ongoing between the Obama transition team and key leaders. The Ways and Means committee will focus on the tax piece, approximately $300 billion in tax cuts. Obama transition aides met this morning with Democrats on that committee to discuss various proposals, according to another Democratic aide.
The Appropriations Committee is tasked with drafting details on spending hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure projects, food stamps, and other aid to the states.
Sidestepping a question on possible roadblocks for the bill, Pelosi instead touted the new muscle of the expanded Democratic majority. "We have been so used to an uphill fight, but now we have arrived. We have a big strong, something like an eighty vote majority in the Congress, in the House, with a Democratic President in the White House."