House Democrats are filing a discharge petition to try to force the vote.
Ohio lawmakers asked leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), which helps people struggling to pay their healthcare bills.
Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) lead a group of Ohio lawmakers, asking for an extension to be attached to the next piece of legislation considered by either committee. The tax credit expired on Jan. 1.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used the release of the February jobs report to call on Republicans to support an unemployment insurance extension.
“To help Americans looking for work, we should provide the lifeline of unemployment insurance to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own,” Reid said Friday. “This is simple common sense, and I hope my Republican colleagues will agree.”
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow some donations made in 2014 to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines deductable on 2013 taxes.
Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, which would allow cash contributions made between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 15, 2014 to be deducted from 2013 taxes.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said people aren’t taking President Obama’s 2015 budget seriously because “it’s not a very serious document.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demanded Thursday that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) not impose a rule denying tax-exempt status to political groups.
“Left, Right, or Center — folks understand what a threat this rule poses to our most cherished of civil liberties,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen will testify in the Senate next week on the Fed's monetary policy course and the state of the economy.
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee’s semiannual hearing on the monetary policy report was delayed two weeks ago because of a snowstorm that hit the northeast.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) criticized President Obama for not including a Social Security entitlement reforms in his budget.
Obama hasn’t released his budget yet — that is expected early next month — but the White House announced Thursday that is would not include a chained consumer price index (CPI) to determine cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) told the Internal Revenue Service Wednesday to stop tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from influencing elections through anonymous donors.
“The increased prevalence of ‘dark money’ in electoral politics has been a troubling development in recent years, and the use of our tax code to shield the identities of donors represents one of its most egregious manifestations,” King said. “It is time for an end to this dark money game.”
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for Department of Agriculture disaster assistance for Northeast vineyards that have been hit hard by this season’s extreme winter weather.
Schumer said several New York vineyards have suffered major crop damage from the unusually cold weather, and the USDA could help through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). The USDA could also approve a crop disaster declaration, which would allow vineyards to qualify for emergency loans.