The first House bill would cost $95 billion and would extend unemployment insurance and expired tax breaks and be offset by the foreign tax and carried interest provisions in the original bill.
The second bill would extend the "doc fix," a term that refers to delaying a cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.
COBRA health insurance and the federal medical assistance percentage under Medicaid would no longer be part of either package but would probably come up after the recess for a separate vote.
Later in the Senate, Democrats will offer a 14-day, $4 billion extension of expiring programs including unemployment insurance, COBRA, the Medicare "doc fix", small business loans, flood insurance and poverty guidelines, which isn't paid for.
Republicans are then expected to offer an alternative, probably based on a bill by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), that would pay for a short-term extension of programs using stimulus money.