Senate Democrats push ahead with their spending plans while talks stall. GOP critics claim the package includes large hikes for the IRS and other non-defense agencies. A top Senate Democrat stated that his party intends to introduce an omnibus spending bill on Monday to press Republicans into accepting a deal or risking an alternative that would freeze government spending for the entire year and prevent reallocating funds to military and other programs.
Republicans Finally Declared the Winner of the House
The Republicans gained a majority in the House of Representatives. Giving the Republicans a boost in their power to set the agenda on Capitol Hill after two years in which the Democratic Party had complete control of both chambers of Congress and the White House.