House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday predicted that the House will pass the budget deal agreed to late last week by the White House and congressional leaders, which would fund the government through late September while cutting $38 billion in spending.
“I believe that it will pass with a bipartisan majority today,” Boehner said at a Capitol news conference.
Boehner’s emphasis on a “bipartisan majority” was a suggestion that Republicans do not expect to garner the 218 Republican votes necessary to pass the funding bill without Democratic support.
The House is expected to vote on the budget deal later Thursday afternoon.
Earlier Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was repeatedly asked whether she would vote for the deal. Pelosi, who along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was not involved in the negotiations on the deal, declined to say.
“I feel no ownership of that or any responsibility to it,” Pelosi said of the spending-cut deal, adding that she assumed Republicans already had enough votes on their side to pass it.