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.
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.