Nancy Pelosi is promising - or threatening - to force a House vote on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts for middle-income families.
The Senate has already passed a bill that extends the cuts for incomes under $250,000, which would end the uncertainty over the fiscal cliff. Pelosi's maneuver - a Discharge Petition - would force a House vote on the Senate's bill, and would require only 218 signatures to bring about. That's 25 over the 193 Democratic votes in the House, so Pelosi would need to peel off 25 Republican congressmen to back up her move.
"We believe that not [bringing the Senate bill to the House floor] would be holding middle income tax cuts hostage to tax cuts for the rich," Pelosi said. "Tax cuts for the rich which do not create jobs, just increase the deficit, heaping mountains of debt onto future generations."