House Requests Conference Committee on CR; Boehner Urges Senate Action

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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,” Boehner said.
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