House Republican leaders abandoned plans to vote Monday night and into Tuesday morning on the Senate's payroll tax-cut package, saying it would look bad to vote in the middle of the night.
"These votes will take place tomorrow, in the light of day," said GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California after House Republicans confabbed for more than two hours.
House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., said there was a strong sense in the GOP conference meeting that they didn’t want to do this “in the dark of night.”
The Rules Committee will consider several measures Monday night that the House will vote on Tuesday. Tuesday's votes will include a rule, a motion to reject the Senate plan and a motion to form a conference committee to hash out differences with the Senate, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said.