A laundry list of legislative items will keep the House in session at least one week later than its target adjournment date.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office issued a release today notifying Members that “the House is no longer expected to meet its target adjournment date of Thursday, December 8. Legislative business and votes are now likely the week of December 12.”
The statement from the Virginia Republican’s office warns that the voting schedule “will not be known until the legislative workload becomes more definitive. ... Until then, Members are advised to keep their schedules flexible for the entire week of the 12th.”
The list of to-do’s for the rest of the year is long, and the added work week gives the House added time to deal with those issues, including extending the payroll tax cut, extending unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term jobless, passing a raft of expiring tax provisions known as extenders, patching the alternative minimum tax, acting to prevent a cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients and passing a spending package made up of the remaining nine annual appropriations bills.
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.