Later tonight, or very early Wednesday morning, Congress will vote on the bill passed last night by the Senate to end the fiscal cliff mess. Currently there are two republicans groups in the House, those who support the bill, lead by Speaker Boehner, and those republicans who oppose it, lead by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Earlier today,”I do not support the bill,” Cantor said walking out of a conference meeting in which House Republicans discussed the “fiscal cliff” deal.
At 10:30 Tuesday night it was not clear who had the votes. But this appears to be a move on Cantor’s part to push for the Speakership when Congress votes on Thursday for the new leadership positions. If Boehner is re-elected, Cantor must wait another two years. It’s no secret that Eric Cantor wants to be Speaker of the House.
Watch the vote tonight, if Cantor’s group leads in defeating the Senate’s bill, he’ll push to win the Speakership on Thursday. If he joins Boehner in voting for the bill, he most likely doesn’t have the votes to win the Speakership on Thursday.
UPDATE: At 10:57 tonight, the House voted to accept the Senate’s fiscal cliff deal, by a vote of 257 to 167. Speaker Boehner voted for the bill, Majority leader Cantor voted against it, as did all Virginia republicans and Jim Moran. Full vote here.