GOP House Formally Rejects Senate Transportation Bill, Shutdown Looming

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 10:16 am

I knew the House planned to send a short-term transportation bill up for a vote next week, right before the deadline of March 31, when US highway funds would expire. I didn’t realize until now that the House actually formally voted down the bipartisan Senate version of the bill yesterday: House Republicans on Wednesday held [...]

Romney Threads Needle on Chinese Currency Bill

By: Friday October 14, 2011 7:38 am

The Chinese currency bill, which passed the Senate this week, has already made life difficult for House Republicans. Nancy Pelosi’s tactic of using the bill in a motion to recommit on the Colombia trade deal means that every House Republican, including the 63 co-sponsors of the measure, has now voted against it. That will certainly [...]

House Passes Another Stopgap Funding Bill

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 1:20 pm

This theory that the House of Representatives would somehow not past a short-term spending bill they initiated was easily put to rest today, when they passed the bill 271-158. Democrats theoretically could have stopped the bill by voting en masse against it, but 85 of them broke ranks. 54 Republicans voted against the bill. The [...]

Hoyer: House Will Hold Vote on Middle Class Tax Cuts Only

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 1:06 pm

My inkling was that today’s vote on the unemployment insurance extension was something of a dry run, for two reasons. One, the House leadership wanted to see how much support they could get for a UI extension. Two, they wanted to test-run an important bill under the suspension calendar, which allows for no amendments or [...]

Unemployment Insurance Bill Fails in House; Needed 2/3 Vote Under Suspension

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 11:12 am

As I mentioned this morning, the House tried today for a three-month extension of expiring unemployment benefits, which would have continued them until Feb. 28, 2011. This was called under suspension of the rules, presumably for the purpose of avoiding the dreaded motion to recommit, which Republicans could bring up to engage in any manner [...]

House Going for Three-Month Unemployment Insurance Extension Under Suspension Rules Today

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 8:37 am

Kind of out of nowhere, the House will vote today on a three-month extension of unemployment insurance, under suspension rules which require a 2/3 vote. David Waldman explains: H.R. 6419, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act! Now, suspension bills need a 2/3 vote to pass, so that’s a pretty high hurdle — 290 votes, at [...]

GOP to Use Audit the Fed in FinReg Motion to Recommit

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 10:03 am

Reid Wilson has the story: House GOPers will make a push to audit the Federal Reserve in a last-ditch effort to stop financial regulatory reform legislation, leaning on a popular proposal from Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to make their case. The GOP will offer the Fed audit as a motion to recommit, the minority’s last [...]

House Republicans Fail to Cancel Health Care Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 8:59 am

House Republicans used a motion to recommit yesterday to remove the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act, but failed by a 230-187 margin. Joseph Cao (R-LA) was the only Republican to vote against the provision, while 21 Democrats voted for it. The motion to recommit allows the House minority, at the end of a [...]

Executive Order Looks Like a Way Out for Dems

By: Saturday March 20, 2010 5:29 pm

Looking at the numbers, I don’t see a really good way to evade the Stupak bloc without pulling the trigger on the executive order from the President clarifying no federal funding for abortion services. While Diana DeGette has agreed to such a maneuver, I’ve heard nobody in the Stupak bloc actually do the same. Apparently [...]

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