Dems push for healthcare tax break

Senate Democrats are pushing to extend a healthcare tax break for laid-off workers into the upcoming House spending bill, arguing “this is an issue that cannot wait.” 

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The healthcare credit expired at the end of 2013, but was one of a just a handful of lapsed incentives that House didn’t restore for this year that it passed on Wednesday.

Because of that, eight Democratic senators – including Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Senate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell MORE (Ohio) and Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (N.Y.) – are seeking to attach the tax break to the spending bill that Congress needs to pass this week. The current stopgap funding bill expires on Dec. 11.

In a letter to top House lawmakers, the senators noted that the credit has bipartisan support, and would hurt retirees hurt during the General Motors rescue.

“If Congress fails to act, the pensions of these retirees will not be made whole when they file their 2014 returns,” the senators wrote on Friday.

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has said he believes that the tax break could be negotiated in broader trade talks.

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