With the remaining days of 2009 ticking away, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) on Tuesday laid out Democrats' strategy for finishing their work on key legislation and getting out of town.
Senate approves massive spending package over Republican objections and warnings about the political consequences for Democrats in 2010.
House Democrats are increasingly likely to move a jobs bill next week as an attachment to the defense appropriations bill. The package would cost roughly $70 billion and include spending for infrastructure projects and benefits for the poor and unemployed.
The House will vote Thursday on a half-dozen spending bills grouped into one massive package, as the chamber races to complete its remaining work before adjourning for the year.
The House approved Thursday a measure making the current estate tax rate permanent, overcoming the objections of an unusual coalition of liberal and conservative critics.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) scuttled the proposed "war tax" to finance the increased troop deployment to Afghanistan, telling reporters Thursday that she would oppose the idea from her closest allies in the Capitol.