It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like (After) Christmas

It is increasingly likely members of the House will be able to stroll by the Capitol Christmas tree before Santa arrives as they stick around to vote on a fiscal package before a Dec. 31 deadline. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

With the clock ticking toward the fiscal cliff and deep defense cuts, there is mounting evidence a final deal will be struck after Christmas Day.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reportedly advised his caucus on Wednesday to not make any plans for the holiday, suggesting the House will be in town in case it needs to vote on what likely will be a framework deal that extends some tax cuts, delays defense and domestic sequestration, and sets the table for a big fiscal deal by next summer.

Then, on Thursday morning, Gordon Adams, who oversaw defense spending for the Clinton administration, tweeted this comment made by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., during a forum in Washington: “Van Hollen no agreement before Christmas on the cliff.”

Later Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also suggested Congress will be working over the Holiday week.

“We don’t know if we’ll be home for Hanukkah or Christmas,” Pelosi told reporters.


John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett