House to vote Friday on spending bill

House to vote Friday on spending bill
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GOP leaders told rank-and-file members that the House will vote on the tax-extenders package on Thursday and the omnibus spending bill on Friday, the last business for Congress before the holidays.

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Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP divided over care for transgender troops Want bipartisan health reform? Make the debate honest again Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE (R-Wis.) had hoped to hold votes on both bills on Thursday. But because bipartisan negotiators missed a midnight deadline to unveil the $1.1 trillion spending bill, that vote will be pushed to Friday, GOP leaders said in a closed-door conference meeting.

Ryan has pledged to follow House rules, which state that bills can only be brought to the floor three days after they are introduced — a way to give members enough time to read them.

House lawmakers will need to pass a stopgap funding measure on Wednesday to ensure the government can keep its lights on. That short-term continuing resolution will run through Dec. 22 to give the Senate enough time to pass both the tax and spending bills.