Eric Cantor, R-Va. (Photo: CNN)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number two Republican in the House leadership says he opposes a Senate-passed measure to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters after a two-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday with his GOP lawmakers that he did not support the bill.
He said House leaders were looking for "the best path forward" and that no decisions had been made.
The Senate passed the measure early Tuesday by a sweeping 89-8 vote. House passage of the measure would send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill would increase taxes on family income exceeding $450,000 and delay across-the-board spending cuts for two months.
Cantor is not the only House Republican vocal in his opposition.
"President Obama is holding the middle class hostage so he can increase spending," Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., said in a statement. "I expect the House to amend the bill to make sure the fiscal cliff doesn't become a debt depression."
House GOP leaders were considering amending the measure and sending it back to the Senate, but that step could produce a deadlock.
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