A number of converging issues will make the week of 9-13 December interesting as lawmakers look to wrap up their legislative efforts and head home for the holidays. Much of their attention will center on three items: the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a budget resolution and the annual tax extender’s bill which may include a short-term “Doc Fix.” Although the Senate plans to resume action on its version of the NDAA on December 9, don’t be surprised if the House initiates the first meaningful action toward its completion.
Yesterday, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), told reporters the most likely scenario is that the House would pass a stripped-down NDAA as a new bill and send it to the Senate for its approval. If done early, it would allow the Senate time to amend the bill (if necessary) so they could flip it back to the House (“Ping-Pong”) prior to the lower chamber’s expected departure on the 13th. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) who has been working to temper expectations on a budget deal told reporters on Thursday an agreement is not imminent. We hear progress is being made as budget committee conferees work toward a self-imposed deadline of ... read more ...
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