Johnson will present a bipartisan tax package on Wednesday.

After engaging in discussions with the speaker, the four GOP members subsequently reversed their votes, allowing the floor action to proceed. In order to resolve the impasse, the speaker held extensive meetings throughout the night with House Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith (R-Mo.), who facilitated the tax deal, as well as Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and the four New York members.

Representatives Nick LaLota, Anthony D’Esposito, Mike Lawler, and Andrew Garbarino were optimistic that they could either negotiate some relief regarding the State and Local Tax (SALT) or persuade the speaker to permit a vote on a separate bill that aimed to expand the SALT deduction and would be considered simultaneously by the chamber.

However, the tax package that is set to be deliberated upon in the House this evening remains unchanged from the version reported by the Ways and Means Committee with a vote of 40-3 on January 19. The first votes are scheduled to commence at 4:00 pm, with subsequent late votes expected at 8:00 pm.

Approval by a two-thirds majority in the House would directly send the package to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has expressed his support for the legislation, while Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has yet to disclose his stance. Republican tax writers in the Senate have insisted on conducting their own mark-up of the bill to potentially introduce amendments.

Both Republican and Democratic moderates in the House have voiced their endorsement of the deal, although some members of the House Freedom Caucus have raised concerns. They argue that the current law’s child credit enables undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born children to receive tax refunds. Additionally, several members oppose the increase in “refundability” of the credit as outlined in the deal, which permits low-income families to receive a portion of the credit through a check.

Nevertheless, the legislation has managed to overcome various obstacles that posed a threat to its advancement to the House floor.

In a correction, it should be noted that this article has been updated to clarify that a guaranteed vote is not assured.

Four GOP members initially voted against floor action but reversed their votes after a meeting with the speaker. The speaker then had extended meetings with key figures to resolve the impasse. The tax package to be considered remains unchanged, and a two-thirds majority vote in the House would send it to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Schumer supports the legislation, while Minority Leader McConnell’s stance is unknown. Approval has been expressed by both Republican and Democratic moderates, but some concerns have been raised by House Freedom Caucus members. The legislation’s momentum has overcome obstacles. A clarification was made that a vote is not guaranteed.

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