Democrats 'nearly unanimous' in opposition to Obama tax deal

House Democrats were "nearly unanimous" in their opposition to President Obama's tax plan during a closed-door vote Thursday morning.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the author of a resolution disapproving of the tax-cut package negotiated between Obama and Republicans, said he wouldn't expect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to bring the legislation to the floor in the aftermath of Democrats' rejection of the deal.

"It was nearly unanimous," DeFazio said on ABC's "Top Line" webcast of the Democratic Caucus vote against the tax deal. "I would say a number of Democrats have different reasons for opposing the package, but, virtually unanimous."

The vote is a rebuke to the administration, which had sought to claim momentum for the deal, which extends all tax cuts for two years in exchange for extending some middle-class tax rebates and unemployment benefits.

Vice President Joe Biden went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening to address House Democrats, where he told lawmakers that they'd have to "take it or leave it" on the tax deal.

"We just said 'leave it,'" DeFazio responded early Thursday afternoon.

While the Democrats' vote is nonbinding, the Oregon Democrat said he suspected Pelosi shares other House members' concerns and would be loath to bring the legislation to the House floor for a vote.

"I believe the speaker is actually strengthened by this, and I don't think she's unhappy that we did this," DeFazio said. "We're in the majority, and the majority of the current congress just said this package is not acceptable to us."