The Latest on tax bills in Congress (all times local): 7:35 p.m. House GOP conservatives may be making headway in their effort to keep the government open through Dec. 30 instead of setting up a pre-Christmas deadline for a potential bipartisan budget deal. Conservative Rep. Mark Meadows is among those who worry that the leadership's proposed Dec. 22 deadline might set up Republicans for a fleecing at the hands of Democrats. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW The North Carolina Republican and about a dozen other conservatives temporarily withheld their votes on a key procedural motion on the GOP tax bill to register their displeasure. Meadows said after Monday's vote that House Speaker Paul Ryan promised to consider a delay until Dec. 30. He said, "there's a whole lot more pressure to get home for Christmas than there is for New Year's." __ 7:20 p.m. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus nearly scuttled GOP efforts on the tax bill, the Republicans' top legislative priority. In a dramatic delay Monday night, members of the hard-right group withheld their votes for a motion to begin negotiations with the Senate on the tax bill. The 15-minute vote dragged on for more than a half-hour as GOP leaders tried to sway members of the caucus. The group was seeking leverage in end-of-year talks on keeping the government open. Facing a Friday night deadline, leadership wants a two-week extension to continue negotiations with Democrats. The Freedom Caucus wants a longer extension. After a tense standoff, members of the group finally relented and backed the motion on taxes. The vote was 222-192, with all Democrats opposed. ___ 7:07 p.m. House Republicans have voted to move ahead on negotiating with the Senate on their far-reaching overhaul of the nation's tax code. The House voted Monday night to begin a House-Senate conference to work out the differences between the two bills. The House passed its version of the $1.5 trillion measure last month. The Senate narrowly passed its own bill Saturday. Both bills would slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, eliminate some