GOP defections pile up on Plan B

Two-dozen House Republicans say they will vote against Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) Plan B tax bill or are leaning no votes, according to a vote tally conducted by The Hill.

In order to pass their bill, House GOP leaders need to minimize defections to about 24 — or get some help from Democrats.

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule MORE (R-Va.) on Thursday predicted Plan B will pass, but that remains to be seen. Democrats are widely expected to oppose the measure, though Democratic leaders have not predicted that the vote will not be unanimous.

Thirteen Republicans voted against the rule that brought the Plan B measure to the floor, which is a high number of defections for a procedural vote.

Among the defections on the procedural motion were Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashGreens take climate fight to GOP town halls US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen Who will replace Chaffetz on Oversight? MORE (Mich.), Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (Ga.), Louie GohmertLouie GohmertMembers jam with Wynonna Judd, Keith Urban at Grammys on the Hill Surveillance uproar puts GOP on the spot Freedom Caucus member: Passing healthcare bill would cost GOP majority MORE (Texas), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Texas), Jean Schmidt (Ohio) and Joe Walsh (Ill.).

Senate Democrats on Thursday said they will not schedule a vote on Plan B. The White House has vowed to veto it.