Washington (CNN) – House Democratic leaders made it clear Tuesday that President Obama's compromise to extend all the Bush-era the tax cuts for two years was a deal with Republicans, not them–a signal that the plan faces significant opposition from members of his own party.
House Majority leader Steny Hoyer said he's undecided whether he'll vote for the proposal, emphasizing to reporters on Capitol Hill that after the President briefed House Democratic leaders Monday afternoon, "There was at that point in time no consensus or agreement reached by the House leadership."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter to give her first official reaction, panning the decision to extend the upper income tax breaks. She tweeted, "GOP provisions in tax proposal help only wealthiest 3%, don't create jobs & add tens of billions to deficit. "
Hoyer argued the cost of continuing those tax cuts for the wealthy outweighed any economic benefits. "At a time when the deficit is at unacceptable levels, giving tax cuts to high income Americans is not appropriate. Bringing the deficit down is a principle objective."
Pelosi also released a written statement that didn't explicitly say she opposed the plan, but indicated discussions among Democrats and the White House would continue and repeated her position, "Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to promote policies that produce jobs and economic growth, and to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own."
Asked if House Democrats had any ability to change the proposal, Hoyer responded, "it's got to pass both Houses."
Pressed if President Obama "caved' to Republican demands as some Democrats have said, Hoyer acknowledged, "some are saying that." But he also noted the president was in a tough spot and repeated Democrats' argument that tax cuts for middle income Americans were "being held hostage" by Republicans.
The Maryland Democrat reiterated that he and fellow Democrats oppose some of the major components of the package. "I don't like some of the things that are in it, others don't like things that are in it and feel strongly about that."
Responding to House GOP Leader John Boehner's criticism of the House vote last week on just the middle class tax cuts as "chicken crap," Hoyer cited a recent CBS poll showing most Americans oppose renewing tax cuts for the wealthy, noting, "these folks don't believe that this is an issue about chicken waste. They think it's very serious."
House Democrats will have some time to mull over whether or not they will ultimately vote for the deal, Hoyer said he expects the Senate to vote first on the proposal.
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