Last week, Hill reporters were taking bets on when House Democrats would pivot from their anger at President Obama and the tax deal he cut with Republicans.
Well, it looks like today is the day.
"We believe there are provisions in the bill that a very helpful in growing the economy. In stepping in to assist those who lost their unemployment insurance," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said today.
He added, "We also think that making sure middle-class taxes don't go up is absolutely essential to grow, expand the economy and create jobs."
More Hoyer: "The vote in the Senate yesterday, 83-15, there is strong support for moving ahead. The reason? There is a very keen sense that allowing middle-class taxes to go up after January 1st, will not be good for the economy."
Hoyer went on to say that the House Democrats are meeting as a caucus meeting tonight. Many liberals are still upset about the estate-tax issue. Hoyer indicated that perhaps there might be a House vote on an amendment to the Senate bill that switches the Senate estate-tax language.
House sources told NBC News that the amendment would most likely be defeated by Republicans and moderate Democrats -- and thus wouldn't change the Senate bill.
Remember: The Senate does not want to see ANY changes to its bill in the House. When Hoyer was asked whether there were enough moderate Democrats and Republicans to pass the president's compromise, he said, "I'd be surprised if it was just limited to Blue Dogs on our side."
That seems to suggest the votes are there in the House for the president's deal.
The vote could be taken up as early as Thursday, and the schedule likely will be figured out tonight at the House caucus meeting.