(CNN) - House GOP sources tell CNN they are now likely to scrap a planned vote to directly defeat a bill to extend the payroll tax for two months, and vote instead to simply instruct House negotiators to back a year long extension.
The expected change, which developed after a two hour meeting of House Republicans, appears to reflect how wary House Republicans are of casting a vote that could be seen as a tax increase.
One House GOP leadership aide conceded to CNN that it is a "cleaner message" to simply vote to affirm the House position on extending the payroll tax cut for a year, instead of opposing a two-month extension.
Another GOP aide said they now believe it makes more sense for them to have an "affirmative vote" instead of a "negative one."
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Democrats on the Rules Committee told her there would not be a vote on the Senate bill.
She said, "My guess is that they are afraid that their members are not going to stick with them."