Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a senior tax writer, told CQ Roll Call that the measure might cost $112 billion to $120 billion. The measure might replace the sequester through the rest of fiscal 2013 or to the end of the calendar year. Democrats will need to decide how to split the short-term sequester package between spending cuts and tax revenue. Republicans, who adamantly oppose any use of tax revenue to replace the sequester, are not part of the broader discussions with the Democratic senators.
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.