On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a stopgap spending bill because Democrats bemoaned the spending cuts and Republicans believed the bill did not cut enough. After a few tweaks, the stopgap bill managed to pass in the House on Friday morning by a narrow vote of 219-203. However, as expected, the United States Senate blocked the bill in a party-line vote of 59 to 36, potentially sending the House leadership back to the drawing board.
On Wednesday, House Republicans suffered an embarrassing 230-195 defeat, as 48 Republicans voted against the bill, angry that it would permit spending at the same rate approved in last month’s debt deal between Speaker of the House John Boehner (photo) and President Obama.
Fox News notes that the bill's defeat on Wednesday is indicative of the “tenuous grip that Boehner has on the chamber.”
The bill that passed in the House on Friday looks virtually identical to the one that failed on Wednesday, as it still includes $3.7 billion in disaster aid, and now funds the federal government past next Friday. Republicans managed to convince the tea party conservatives that the only other alternative would be to give Democrats a better deal by adding more money for disaster relief, or cutting less of the $1.5 billion proposed in spending cuts.
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