Some Democrats agreed with McConnell. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., expressed doubts over whether the House proposal would pass muster with Senate Democrats. “We’ll pass an extension, but it’s not going to be on the terms of the House of Representatives,” she said.
Others said they would reserve judgement until after House passage. Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and several other Democrats such as Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Thomas R. Carper of Delaware said they would need to study the House proposal before deciding to support it. Carper said that if the extension is passed by both chambers, lawmakers should “use the time to develop a bipartisan deficit deal.”
The House looks likely to approve the measure Wednesday — prospects that were likely aided by the Club for Growth’s decision to hold their fire on the measure.
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.