House Republicans will be presented with a plan today to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday by unanimous consent Friday morning.
If Members demand a roll call vote on the matter, the vote would likely happen next week. But if they sign off on the legislation, the UC would happen Friday. The Senate is likely to pass the extension by unanimous consent as soon as it is presented with the House product.
The House Republican Conference will have a conference call at 5 p.m., and barring widespread Member opposition, the deal is expected to be accepted by the Conference.
In a statement announcing the deal, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “will ask the House and Senate to approve this agreement by unanimous consent before Christmas.”
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.