Although it may have seemed to be the ultimate longshot at times, Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is hopeful of adding expiring tax breaks (aka tax extenders) to the omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package coming together this week. Senator Grassley said the must-pass nature of COVID relief in particular increases the likelihood that tax extenders can ride along with a larger package. Congressional leaders are likely to be in for a weekend session as they work to hammer out agreement on a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill along with a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package before they leave town for the holidays. Grassley was optimistic about the tax extenders being included in one or the other as recently as Wednesday, explaining that “as of 3 o’clock yesterday (Wednesday), there was good hope of reaching an agreement.”