The legislation also would outline similar rules for Senate consideration next year, such as requiring the Senate Finance Committee to report the legislation within 15 days or it would automatically be discharged to the floor. It also would allow a senator to make a motion to proceed to the legislation shortly after it is approved by the committee, or more likely, discharged from committee consideration. The motion to proceed would not be debatable in the Senate, and could not be filibustered.
Before passing the bill, the House voted 176-246 to reject a substitute amendment offered by Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., that would have outlined Democratic principles for a tax overhaul.
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.