Axelrod: Pelosi, Democrats will come around on tax cuts in bill's current form

President Obama's top adviser said Sunday that Democrats will ultimately vote for the tax cut compromise Obama reached with Republicans.

David Axelrod said that he thinks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will allow a vote on the package that has enraged Democrats because "she understands the consequences of inaction."

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Pelosi said last week she would not allow a vote on the package after the House Democratic Caucus voted against it.

Still, Axelrod said, he thinks Pelosi will relent.

"I'm not going to speak for the Speaker, but I know she has a great sensitivity for the importance of getting something done," Axelrod said.

Axelrod, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley," said that despite House Democratic desires to tweak the deal, he does not think any major changes will be made.

"We can't change it in major ways and expect this thing to pass," Axelrod said. "I think that the framework that was agreed to is the one that will be voted on."

"I'm not here to negotiate," Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week." "We have a framework, we have an agreement, and I don't anticipate that it's going to change greatly."

Axelrod said House Democrats have "valid concerns" to some elements of the compromise, including extending the tax cuts for households making at least $250,000 a year and the set-up of the estate tax. 

"I respect people who are unhappy," he said "We share their view on the upper-income tax cuts, on the estate tax. That was a part of the deal, odious though it may be, in order to get all the good things that come along" with the compromise, he said. 

He noted that a renewable energy tax credit was added to the measure at the request of House Democrats.

House Democrats continued to rail against the proposal on Sunday, but Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said he is confident the package will pass in the Senate on Monday.

Durbin, also appearing on "State of the Union," said he and Majority Leader Harry Reid have been counting votes through the weekend, and they have the support of a "cross-section" of Democrats who will join Republicans in voting for the tax-cut extensions.

But Durbin acknowledged "there are a handful" of Democrats who will not accept the compromise that includes extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Axelrod said the White House "handled it as best we could" given the deadline they face with tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year.

"I'm not looking for style points here," Axelrod said.


—This story was updated at 11 a.m.

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