A trio of centrist Senate Republicans is pushing a plan to reopen the government for six months, extend the debt ceiling until Jan. 31, 2014 and make reforms to ObamaCare.
Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP rep faces testy crowd at constituent meeting over ObamaCare DeVos vows to be advocate for 'great' public schools GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday MORE (R-Maine) is spearheading the proposal along with Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteTen rumored Trump Cabinet picks who didn't get a job Sasse, Perdue join Armed Services Committee Avid pilot among GOP senators joining Transportation committee MORE (R-N.H.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiTrump education pick to face Warren, Sanders Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal 9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for MORE (R-Alaska).
The delay of the Medical Device Tax would be paid for by extending pension smoothing provisions contained in the highway transportation bill, MAP-21, that Congress passed in 2012. Pension smoothing allows the government to spread out pension losses over extended time periods.
Many Republicans, however, called for a full repeal of the tax.
An amendment repealing the device tax passed the Senate earlier this year by a vote of 79 to 20.
The plan would fund the government at an annual rate of $986 billion for six months and extend the debt limit until the end of January.
It would also create a Senate-House conference on the budget and instruct conferees to report their work by Jan. 15, 2014. This element of the proposal, however, is still under discussion.
The Senate will vote Saturday on a clean 14-month extension of the debt limit sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.). Republicans are expected to block it.
This story was corrected at 11:13 a.m.