White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president is confident Congress will approve the tax package despite its rejection by House Democrats on Thursday.
“At the end of the day” the bill will pass both houses, Gibbs said at his daily press briefing.
Gibbs said the voice vote in the House Democratic caucus opposing the deal is not representative of the larger body, and he thinks “this will get done.”
“I think the bottom line is we will have a vote that will not result in people’s taxes going up at the end of the year,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs challenged Democrats to come up with a better compromise than the one Obama reached with Republicans in an effort to break a “legislative stalemate” that could have disastrous consequences for the economy.
“If everybody took out what they didn't like, we would have nothing,” Gibbs said. “And we know the consequences of doing nothing.”
Gibbs said the White House is now looking toward the Senate where, he said, a number of Democrats have examined the deal and concluded it is a good plan.
“The president believed and continues to believe we got a good deal,” Gibbs said.