The House adopted on a mostly party-line vote early Oct. 1 a formal
request for a conference committee to be named to resolve the impasse over
fiscal year 2014 funding that led to wide swaths of the federal government being
shut down for lack of funding.
The vote on the measure (H. Res. 368) was 228-199, with nine
Republicans voting against the resolution and seven Democrats in its favor. The
resolution came from the Rules Committee and included in its text a request for
a conference with the Senate. Earlier in the evening, however, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the measure would be tabled when the Senate
convenes for business later Oct. 1.
After the vote, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Democrats
should agree to a conference committee. “Under the Constitution, there is a way
to resolve this process and that is to go to conference and talk through your
differences. And I would hope that the Senate would accept our offer to go to
conference and discuss this so we can resolve this for the American people,”