The House will meet the week before Christmas for the purpose of passing tax reform legislation, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told lawmakers Thursday.
“We all know we have important work to do, including passing the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for the American people," the California Republican said on the House floor. "I think that’ll be an excellent Christmas present."
The lower chamber was previously scheduled to be out that week.
That timeline would give the conference committee just next week to reach an agreement on reconciling the versions of the tax bill passed by the Senate and House. The committee's chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, declined to say Thursday what the meeting schedule will be.
"It will not come up next week but if it could, I would bring it up as soon as we come out of conference," McCarthy said of the conference bill. "Because I do believe the American people are waiting for a tax cut and a jobs act to continue what we’ve gone through."
The conference committee has a few major issues to work out, but Republicans are projecting confidence that they can put a bill on President Trump's desk before Christmas.