As President Obama and congressional leaders continue fighting over their different paths to extending the payroll tax holiday -- and the prospect looms of a government shutdown at midnight on Friday – senior Republicans aides said on Wednesday there likely will be a need for another short-term spending measure extending into next week.
Discussions also are under way about the House adjourning for the weekend, with members returning to Washington next week, with an eye toward wrapping up business for the year.
The White House already has been calling for such a short-term government-funding extender to allow more time for a compromise between Obama and Senate Democrats with House Republicans on a payroll tax package. Top Republicans have been less open to discussing that idea.
But on Wednesday, senior GOP House aides were privately acknowledging a short-term spending bill may be inevitable. In addition, leadership aides on both sides of the political aisle acknowledge the possible weekend adjournment, but they characterize those talks as not yet finalized.
“Not clear,” said one of the aides. And regardless of what’s decided on leaving town this weekend, a senior GOP aide said of a continuing resolution, "It looks like we’ll have to do that.”
Kelsey Snell contributed contributed to this article.