The White House called on Congress late tonight to pass a short-term continuing resolution to give lawmakers enough time to resolve a standoff over long-term spending and a payroll tax cut extension.
The White House and Democrats have balked at the GOP’s inclusion of a number of policy riders in the omnibus spending bill and a pipeline rider in the payroll tax cut extension bill.
In a statement, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said President Barack Obama continues to “have significant concerns about a number of provisions that have been reported to be in” the omnibus.
“Given the magnitude of the legislation — providing over $1 trillion in funding — coupled with the unresolved payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extension, Congress should pass a short-term continuing resolution as it has seven times already this year so that all parties have an appropriate opportunity to consider and complete all of the critical budget and economic issues necessary to finish our responsibilities for the year,” Pfeiffer added.
From left, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., David Goldman, the father of a child who was abducted to Brazil by the mother, and Arvind Chawdra, a father whose two children were abducted to India by their mother, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.