By Alexander Bolton - 12/10/15 06:20 PM EST
Congressional leaders expect the legislative text of a year-end omnibus spending bill to be released Monday, and they say it will likely be linked to a major deal on taxes.
“I understand the current projection is for the House to post the omnibus Monday and vote on it by Wednesday,” Senate Republican Whip John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report Top Republican questions Lynch on Clinton Foundation probe Baby dies of Zika in Texas MORE (Texas) told reporters. “The goal is to wrap things up by Wednesday evening.”
“They seem to be linked, although I can’t tell you whether it will be one vote or two votes, but clearly they’re part of the overall negotiations,” he added.
But Cornyn cautioned “there are a few outstanding issues that have not been resolved.”
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin HatchFive takeaways from the EU's blockbuster ruling against Apple GOP lawmakers call for overhaul of proposed corporate tax rules DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (R-Utah), who is involved in the talks, said, “sooner or later we come against the wall of having to act, and I think when that happens hopefully when that happens we can get this done. ... I think it's a matter of days."
Cornyn’s statement mirrored a prediction made the day before by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers’s (R-Ky.), who said the text of the omnibus would be unveiled Monday to set up a vote Wednesday and meet Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanWebster wins primary in new district House Freedom Caucus should support justice reform this fall Five takeaways from the EU's blockbuster ruling against Apple MORE’s (R-Wis.) pledge to observe the three-day waiting period for major bills.
Earlier in the day, the Senate approved a stopgap bill extending government funding until Dec. 16.
Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiWomen's Equality Day and the last glass ceiling The Trail 2016: Her big night Clinton to cast election as ‘moment of reckoning’ MORE (D-Md.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, said negotiators are making progress on whittling down policy amendments.
"We were down to 42," she said. "I think we could squeeze it to 35."
The emerging timeline would give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCDC director on Zika: 'Basically, we're out of money' Juan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP Rank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill MORE (R-Ky.) less than a day to overcome the upper chamber’s procedural hurdles and hold a final vote.
Senate leaders, however, are confident they’ll get their colleagues to sign off because many are eager to return home for the holidays.
McConnell on Wednesday morning hailed this congressional session as one of the most productive “in a long time.”
And the chamber’s presidential candidates, notably Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioMurphy wins Fla. Senate primary, setting up showdown with Rubio Rubio wins Senate primary The Hill’s 12:30 Report MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzTed CruzMichele Bachmann: God picked Trump to be the GOP nominee Trump at immigration crossroads Poll: Majority of GOP voters wish they chose another presidential nominee MORE (Texas), don’t want to spend too much time away from battleground states.
"I think the effort is going to [be] to try to finish middle of next week," Hatch said. Asked if the Wednesday deadline gives the Senate enough time to get through its procedural hurdles, he said, "I think so. We may be dumb, but we're not as dumb as people think."
Senate sources on Thursday said the chances of reaching a deal on a major tax deal were greater than 50 percent.
They say it would eliminate expiration dates for the research and development tax credit and the Section 179 small-business expensing deduction, as well as core tax breaks from President Obama’s 2009 fiscal stimulus plan. Those are the expansions of the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit and the American opportunity tax credit for college expenses.
Senate sources say the deal will also likely include a two-year moratorium of ObamaCare’s “Cadillac tax” on expensive insurance plans and the medical device tax.
Jordain Carney contributed.