House leader McCarthy says short-term funding bill possible

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 07, 2015 4:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican majority leader of the House of Representatives said on Monday he was open to the possibility of a short-term extension of a federal government spending bill.

"I think there's been a number of issues that have not been finalized," Kevin McCarthy said of the bill. He said he was "seriously looking " at keeping the House in on Friday or over the weekend to get the work done.

A package of extensions of temporary tax breaks was unfinished, and these could be included in a separate bill or be part of the main funding bill, he told reporters.

McCarthy also said he saw no need for congressional authorization for a U.S. campaign against Islamic State. He said he expected the House to take up a bill tightening a visa waiver program as soon as Tuesday, and that it would become law.

He also said lifting the U.S. oil export ban could be "healthy for America."

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Eric Walsh)