Wyden seeks spring vote on expired tax breaks

Senate Finance Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Top Dems call for end to Medicaid work rules | Chamber launching ad blitz against Trump drug plan | Google offers help to dispose of opioids Top Dems call for end to Medicaid work rules after 18,000 lose coverage in Arkansas Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes MORE (D-Ore.) is eyeing a spring vote on a string of expired tax provisions, according to a spokeswoman.

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Wyden as made the provisions, collectively known as tax extenders, one of his top priorities since taking over for former Finance Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusOvernight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor Judge boots Green Party from Montana ballot in boost to Tester MORE (D-Mont.).

A spokeswoman for Wyden, Lindsey Held, said that Wyden was still discussing with Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchThe FDA crackdown on dietary supplements is inadequate Orrin Hatch Foundation seeking million in taxpayer money to fund new center in his honor Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab MORE (Utah), the top Republican on the Finance Committee, and other committee members how to best proceed on the more than 50 tax breaks that expired at the end of last year.

Wyden has long supported tax breaks for alternative energy, and said that Congress should move on extenders given the long odds facing tax reform. Top Senate Democrats have made the extenders a priority as well.

“I am not going to sacrifice important matters like research and development and innovation on the altar of perhaps some inaction on comprehensive reform,” Wyden said on “Bloomberg Television” this month.

Still, it’s unsure how many of the tax breaks will survive, or how House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) will handle extenders, given his focus on tax reform.

Hatch has said he wants the committee to examine the list of tax breaks, after an extenders bill he and Baucus crafted in 2012 let some provisions expire for good.