The lawmakers met for lunch to discussion the issue, but by tabling the decision it appears unlikely a vote will occur before the election.
"Still working on it," Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick Durbin McConnell: I’m very sympathetic to 'Dreamers' Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe MORE (D-Ill) told reporters.
Senate Democrats appear to resist a vote on an extension before the election because no matter what the proposal contains they fear Republicans will use it against them.
They fear Republicans will bill a vote to extend only the middle-class tax cuts as a strike against small businesses that pay higher rates.
Meanwhile, a vote to extend all the tax cuts could be viewed as Democrats bending to the will of Republicans, who have been calling for an all-out extension for months.
With no clear plan for the tax cuts, it is uncertain if Senate Finance Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusFive reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation MORE (D-Mont.) will introduce legislation on the matter.
Baucus was expected to present a bill that permanently extends the middle-class tax cuts. It was also likely to address outstanding issues pertaining to the estate tax, the alternative minimum tax and taxes on investment.