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House Narrowly Votes to Bring Spending Bill to Floor

Looks like it'll be a long, busy day for Speaker Boehner (Photo by Win McNamee of Getty Images)
Looks like it’ll be a long, busy day for Speaker Boehner (Photo by Win McNamee of Getty Images)

UPDATE (2:30 p.m. EST): According to Roll Call, House Republicans have decided to delay the vote on the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending bill. Republican leadership apparently felt they did not have enough time to secure enough votes to make sure the bill would pass the House. A vote was originally scheduled for sometime around 2 p.m. Thursday.

House leaders will meet to discuss what will happen next, with the option of passing a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government remaining a  possibility. If the House does decide to go that route, the Senate would then have mere hours before the government shuts down at midnight to pass the House resolution.

1:46 p.m. EST

By an extremely slim margin, the House voted 214-212 to bring the $1.1 trillion spending bill to the chamber floor for a vote.

According to The Hill, the so-called “Cromnibus” (combination of a continuing resolution and omnibus spending bill) looked as if it would not even come up for a vote, as 20 House Republicans joined all of the House Democrats in voting against bringing it to the floor.

Many Democrats on Capitol Hill have spoken out against some of the language in the bill, specifically against changes to Wall Street reform under the Dodd-Frank Act that went into affect after the 2008 financial crisis. Some Republicans, meanwhile, have expressed concern that despite cuts, the total cost is still too large, and it does not explicitly prevent future funding for President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

For his part, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday afternoon that the president would sign the spending bill if it made it to his desk. Earnest said despite perceived flaws, passage of the bill would “provide certainty for the economy.”

More from The Hill on how this morning’s razor-thin vote went down:

Not a single Democrat voted for the rule. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) initially cast her vote in favor, then later switched her vote to “no.”

That left Republicans to approve the rule on their own. For several minutes, there were more “nay” votes than “yes” votes by 210-213. Then, for a moment, it was tied at 213-213.

It was at that point Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened. Fellow lawmakers and reporters in the gallery could see Boehner personally lobbying conservatives who voted against the rule to switch their votes.

According to The Hill, some lawmakers who voted against bringing the bill to the floor will likely vote for bill when it comes time for the vote. House leaders expect to vote on the “Cromnibus” around 2 p.m. Thursday. If it passes, the Senate will have only hours to consider and pass the bill, opening up the possibility of that body passing a continuing resolution that would remain for two or three days. That would keep the government open while the Senate considers the $1.1 trillion bill.

 

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