The US House fell into chaos as Speaker McCarthy couldn’t find a pathway to start the debate on spending bills or reach a consensus on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for 30 or 60 days and avoid a shutdown on October 1.

On Tuesday, the Speaker and his team unveiled a strategy where they would take one of the least controversial spending bills, funding the Department of Defense (DoD), and get it passed. It was hoped that this would show that they were in control and had a plan to fund the government.

The first vote on most House bills is on the Rule, which outlines the parameters under which the bill will be debated — issues such as how long the debate will be and what amendments can be offered.  The vote on the Rule almost always passes with the votes of the majority party. With the Republican slim majority, they can only lose four votes and on Tuesday five Republicans voted against the Rule and it failed on a vote of 212 to 214 with all Democrats voting NO.  After two days of intraparty talks, the Speaker thought he had the votes to try the DoD bill again on Thursday. Six Republicans voted NO, and the Rule was defeated on a vote of 212 to 216.  Realizing that the Republican caucus was far from an agreement on even the most basic government fundi...

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