Omnibus Timeline Appears to Be Slipping Past Monday
Aides and others familiar with the process are not optimistic that the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and a package of tax extensions would be ready to be posted by midnight Monday.
House leaders predicted last week that the spending plan could come as early as Monday, though there were signs the timeline might slip again even though the stopgap government funding measure passed on Dec. 11 runs out at the end of Wednesday.
During opening remarks, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addressed the status of the omnibus and tax extender, saying, “We’ll continue to consult and engage with colleagues as we make further progress on these last two significant items we must complete this year.”
Omnibus Timeline Slips Past Monday
Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “Everyone’s working hard toward a bipartisan compromise on the omnibus, and the so-called tax extenders legislation. Many of us in the Senate and the House and our staffs have worked through the weekend and made a lot of progress, but we’re not there yet.”
To avert a shutdown, it’s becoming increasingly likely another continuing resolution will be needed, especially if House Republican leadership gives members ample time to review a final deal. With the House expected to go first on the spending bill, there’s no plausible way to advance the measure through the Senate by the end of Wednesday without a unanimous consent agreement.
There were also questions about the process, with the possibility that different groups of members would be needed to pass the catchall spending bill for fiscal 2015 from the members who vote to extend and provide for longer-term tax code changes.
Tamar Hallerman and
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