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Congress Eyes Friday to Get Out of Town

Ryan has set up final votes of the year on Thursday and Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Ryan has set up final votes of the year on Thursday and Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican leaders are setting up votes Thursday and Friday on their year-end legislative business, hoping to smooth the process and close out 2015 by Friday afternoon.  

Speaker Paul D. Ryan confirmed the House will vote Thursday on legislation to extend expired tax breaks and Friday on the $1.1 trillion compromise omnibus appropriations bill.  

Congress will also need to pass another short-term funding resolution to get past the one that expires on Wednesday.  

“I have no reason to believe that we’re going to have a shutdown,” the Wisconsin Republican said. Ryan Touts GOP Riders in Spending Bill

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Ryan touted the oil export ban in the omnibus as a “big win” and the tax extenders package as “one of the biggest steps” toward a tax overhaul in years. He said he expects both bills will garner bipartisan support.  

“We played our cards the best we could,” Ryan said.  

Meanwhile, the Senate Republican leadership is hoping that no senator will opt to slow down the year-end package from advancing Friday, which is expected to be considered as a single measure in the Senate.  

“Nobody I think sees any benefit in stringing this out any longer than necessary,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. “My hope is we’d be able to conclude this on Friday.”  

Under the Senate’s rules, any senator could object to quick movement, forcing a cloture vote to limit debate on the combined measure that could come at around 1 a.m. Sunday under a worst-case scenario.  

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