Besides multiple votes planned on the payroll tax, Reid said the Senate must clear a number of legislative items from its agenda before adjourning for the holidays. They include a vote on two balanced budget amendments, one a Republican proposal and one offered by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.). Reid added that several nominations would receive votes, as would a measure to extend the rates paid to Medicare providers, commonly referred to as the “doc fix.”
Reid added that a package of tax extenders and the unemployment extension require consideration.
Congress also must act to keep the government funded through next year. The current stopgap spending bill expires in three weeks.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.