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Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) says if the fiscal cliff deal is put to a vote it 'will pass in some form'

Early Tuesday a bill crafted by Vice President Joe Biden and Minority Leader Mitch Mcconnell passed overwhelmingly by an 89-to-8 margin just after 2 o'clock in the morning. The GOP-controlled House has agreed to consider it later this morning. If the house votes "yes," the measure would generate about 600-billion dollars in new revenues over the next ten years. This morning Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) joins “Starting Point” to discuss the Senate passing a fiscal cliff deal and whether or not it will pass in the House if it is put to a vote.

Doggett says while he would like to be a “yes vote,” he still wants to see the fine print of the agreement passed by Senate members early Tuesday morning. He adds, “Clearly there’s some good features of [the deal]. I’m pleased they reached a last minute agreement but that agreement presented on midnight eve instead of turning into a pumpkin midnight sort of became landmark legislation.”

Doggett who also serves as a member of the Budget Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee says he thinks the deal “will pass in some form.” He adds, “There’s still a question as to whether amendments are offered here.”

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