Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to hold a vote on a package of expiring tax provisions known as “extenders” as soon as the 114th Congress convenes in January, according to “The Hill” newspaper. McConnell is optimistic that Republicans will hold the majority in the Senate following the elections and wants a clean slate to start the next session if he takes over as Senate majority leader. CCH was unable to corroborate McConnell’s statements as of press time.
“We keep hearing from the leadership we’re going to clear the decks in the lame duck,” a senior GOP aide reportedly told “The Hill.” That would encompass passage of an omnibus spending bill or a year-long, stop-gap funding measure that would keep the federal government operating until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, “The Hill” reported.
GOP legislators on several occasions have expressed the desire to add more business tax provisions to the extenders package. The lame duck, however, may not afford sufficient time to make changes and have it approved in time by Senate lawmakers. Democrats would prefer to pass the extenders package approved in a bipartisan manner by the Senate Finance Committee.
Republicans have reportedly been hoping to make a good first impression with the electorate if they take control of Congress by working with Democrats to back measures with bipartisan support, such as authorization of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and a repeal of the medical device tax.
By Jeff Carlson, CCH News Staff