House Republicans are weighing a hardball tactic to counter Senate Democrats who have blocked consideration of the year-end omnibus spending package.
The GOP claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has forbidden Democrats from signing a House-Senate conference report on the nine-bill omnibus in order to pressure Republicans into agreeing to a payroll tax bill.
Party leaders are contemplating getting around this maneuver by taking the unsigned conference report and bringing it to the House floor as a separate bill.
“It’s pretty clear to all of us that President Obama and Senator Reid want to threaten a government shutdown so that they can get leverage on a jobs bill,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said after a conference meeting where the proposal was discussed.
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Source: Erik Wasson and Molly K. Hooper | The Hill