Extenders bill could hit House floor Thursday

The Senate is planning several votes Thursday on a nearly $60 billion war supplemental and could possibly act on the tax extenders and social spending package over the weekend. 

A 'doc fix', a term describing a delay in Medicare payment cuts to physicians, also will be trimmed back to 19 months from three-and-a-half years, running through December 2011.

An extension of unemployment benefits and the COBRA insurance subsidy will run through November, holding the unpaid cost of the bill under $100 billion, potentially satisfying some Democrats who opposed the bill's high cost. 

The tax portion of the bill would remain intact, meaning a permanent tax increase on carried interest and S corporations would become law.