Ryan: Congress might not finish this week
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) indicated Monday that Congress might not hit the Friday deadline to pass a catch-all government spending bill and renew a package of tax breaks.

"It might take us more than just this week to get these issues put together correctly," Ryan told a radio station in his hometown of Janesville, Wis.

Congress has until this Friday, Dec. 11, to pass a spending bill to avert a government shutdown. 


Optimism had grown on Capitol Hill over the last week that lawmakers could finish all their work for the year by Friday and depart Washington for the holiday season. Some GOP aides even have travel plans for Friday but are now making backup plans for Sunday.

Ryan's comments raise the prospect of a rare weekend session, something the House hasn't done since the last Congress.

Negotiators are still trying to agree on policy riders in the $1.1 trillion spending bill, known as an omnibus. Controversial riders range from dealing with refugee resettlement programs in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris to overturning environmental rules and rolling back financial regulations.

Appropriators had hoped to release the text of the massive spending bill by Monday, but that goal may not be in sight given the state of negotiations.

A shutdown is still unlikely, since Congress would pass a short-term measure lasting a few days if the omnibus isn't ready in time.

Lawmakers are also trying to reach a deal on renewing a slate of tax breaks, as both sides are hoping to reach an agreement to make at least some of them permanent parts of the tax code. 

Scott Wong contributed.