Analysis: Over the weekend the Senate passed a two month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and SGR (the doc fix) along with a provision to expedite the decision making process for the Keystone XL pipeline. The House will return today to vote on this Senate compromise and a likely to vote it down over objections to the extension lasting for only two months. At this time Senator Reid (D-NV) does not have plans to bring the Senate back into session should the House vote down the Senate bill.
At this time there is not a clear path forward for how this is resolved before Christmas, if it is resolved at all.
Major Floor Action:
- HR 3630 – Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011