Honolulu (CNN) – Though the U.S. Senate is slated to reconvene Thursday, Democrats in the chamber are considering delaying the roll out of their bill to avert the year-end fiscal cliff within just a couple days of the new year, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
The move is part of an effort to gain some Republican backing for a bill, but also to run out the clock and increase pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to take up the bill and House Republicans to support it.
Senate Democrats plan to unveil a bill only when there is Republican support in the Senate, said the aide.
Congress and the president are taking a holiday break, with plans to return to work Thursday to try to find a deal in the final five days of the year. White House aides and Senate Democrats are working out details of a proposal, though no weekend conversations occurred between Democratic and Republican negotiators, according to multiple sources from both parties.
The main dispute continues to be over taxes, specifically the demand by Obama and Democrats to extend most of the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush while allowing higher rates of the 1990s to return on top income brackets.
Republicans oppose any kind of increase in tax rates, and Boehner suffered the political indignity last week of offering a compromise that his colleagues refused to support.