It’s unlikely that Congress will renew expired tax breaks, known as extenders, in the spending bill that negotiators are trying to pull together by mid-February, according to Senate Majority Whip John Thune.

“I don’t anticipate that happening,” the South Dakota Republican told reporters Jan. 31. “Right now I would say it’s more likely than not that the scope of this current discussion stays fairly narrow.”

  • Lawmakers have until Feb. 15 to pass a spending bill to keep the government open....