Senate unlikely to address health care in this week's spending bill

Sen. Lamar Alexander asked his bill not be added to this week's government funding bill. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

The Senate is unlikely to address outstanding health care issues in the government spending bill that must pass by Friday, according to three senior GOP aides and a Democratic leadership aide. That means that a long-term CHIP funding bill, delays of the Affordable Care Act taxes and individual market stabilization are unlikely to be addressed until the new year.

The bottom line: "Most chatter on CR is about it being a clean extension to January 19th," one of the GOP aides said. The Democratic aide said that it's "very unlikely" that any of the health care items will get put into the bill. However, it's almost certain that Congress will pass a short-term measure to address CHIP funding over the next few weeks.