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‘I’m not sure what’s going on, but I object’: Confusion on House floor Thursday during attempted shutdown-ending vote

By Nathan Ouellette

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The House floor got chaotic on Thursday after the House passed a continuing resolution by voice vote — a request for yeas and nays — to fund the federal government through Feb. 28. The bill didn’t include funds for a border wall, the issue holding up shutdown negotiations since GOP members want it, while Democrats don’t. What followed was approximately 13 minutes of parliamentary argument between Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer over the voting on the measure. Hoyer boiled it down: “What happened was the Republicans forgot to ask for a vote — probably because they’re so used to not having to ask for a vote.” In the end, Hoyer agreed to vacate the vote that had passed by voice vote and schedule a roll call vote for next week: “… Having said that, their [GOP leaders’] mistake led to their members not being able to express their opinion on the vote and we’re going to allow them to do that.” Read more about back-and-forth here.

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