House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and some other senior Republicans are promoting the idea of tying an extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.
The House leadership said that it does not plan to vote on the Senate-passed bill to extend unemployment insurance but it may consider the issue after its spring recess. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, “I don’t think the Senate bill is one that can pass the House.” Sessions added that he was supportive of linking a permanent extension of bonus depreciation for business investment to an extension of unemployment extension. Sessions added, “I’m engaged in conversation with others about putting accelerated depreciation on.”
However, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) downplayed the idea of linking unemployment extension and some of the extenders idea saying, “It’s not something the committee is considering.”