Tuesday, March 3, 2015

House Accepts Senate Version of HR 240

Earlier today the House accepted the Senate version of HR 240 in an unusual bipartisan vote of 257-167; only 75 Republicans voted for the bill as did every voting Democrat. Before today’s debate on the bill could start the conservative Republicans lost a procedural move to stop the consideration of the bill by a vote of 140-278.

The bill will go to the President who has indicated that he will sign the bill, so the Homeland Security funding issue has been resolved for this fiscal year. It will be interesting to see if the FY 2016 budget and spending bill suffer the same sort of problems.

There will almost certainly be repercussions within the Republican caucus for the leadership’s failure to get cohesive action on a major bill of this sort. It is probably too early to see any changes in the leadership, but unless something happens to change things the likelihood of those changes happening is going to increase.

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