The House will also consider the conservative Republican Study Committee budget and a Van Hollen-sponsored Democratic alternative to the Ryan budget and will vote on the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget.
The CPC document was debated tonight, a move the group’s leaders decried as “cheap political posturing and an attempt to sweep the competition under the rug.”
“This outrageous maneuver limits the ability of the public and media to follow the exchange,” CPC Co-Chairmen Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said in a statement.
Nevertheless, the budget will almost certainly not pass, and Grijalva acknowledged as much by saying in an interview that he only hopes to get more than the 78 “yes” votes the fiscal 2012 CPC budget received last year.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.