A 26.5% Medicare payment cut to physicians set to start Jan. 1 now seems inevitable as lawmakers have yet to reach a deal that would avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts known collectively as the fiscal cliff.
An updated floor schedule from the House of Representatives showed the lower chamber will vote on other bills Monday evening, but will not consider fiscal-cliff legislation.
"The House has acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff," a GOP aide said in an e-mail. "There is still no deal from the Senate. We continue to wait for the Senate to respond."
As of 5:30 p.m. ET Monday, the Senate had not scheduled any votes for the evening. That, however, could still change, according to the Senate press gallery.