The House on Monday night advanced their latest short-term spending bill, but saw six Republicans vote against it as the hours ticked down to a possible government shutdown.
Members voted 225-204 to approve a rule governing a debate and vote on the continuing resolution. That’s a little closer than most rule votes, which usually win the support of every Republican.
Republicans voting against the rule represented a mix of members who want tougher language on ObamaCare, and members who have indicated it’s time to pass a clean spending resolution. They are Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Peter King (N.Y.) and Steve King (Iowa.).
Just before the vote, signs were emerging that some centrist Republicans, including Peter King and Dent, would vote against the rule, in a call to pass a “clean” continuing spending resolution without any ObamaCare language. Other Republicans indicated they might vote against it because it’s clear the Senate will not negotiate on any ObamaCare language.
That grumbling makes it possible that more Republicans might vote against the resolution itself later this evening.