Senate Democrats will reject House changes to tax bill, aides say

Senate Democratic leaders say they will reject any House effort to amend a "fiscal cliff" deal that passed the upper chamber with overwhelming support on New Year’s Day.

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“The House Republicans have two choices: cut their losses and pass the deal now, or else put up a fight they cannot win and pass the same deal a few days from now after being further humiliated,” a Senate Democratic leadership aide said.

Another senior Democratic aide said Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) will not reconsider the bill, which passed 89-8.

“We’re done,” the aide said.

House Republicans emerging from a conference meeting Tuesday afternoon predicted they would amend the Senate tax bill and send it back across the Capitol.  

"I would be shocked if this bill is not sent back to the Senate," Rep. Spencer BachusSpencer Thomas BachusTrump bank nominee gets rough reception at confirmation hearing Overnight Finance: Breaking - GOP delays release of tax bill | Changes to 401(k)s, state and local taxes hold up bill | Trump aims to sign tax legislation by Christmas | Hensarling to retire after term | Trump to repeal arbitration rule Senators, don't put Ex-Im Bank's fossil fuel financing back in business MORE (R-Ala.) told reporters after emerging from the GOP conference meeting.

He said House Republicans are looking to decide whether to add spending cuts to the bill.

A senior Senate Republican aide said Senate GOP leaders would have to review the details of proposed House amendments before commenting.

— Erik Wasson contributed to this report.