Last week, I alerted you to the fight on the right over the massive omnibus spending bill.
Well, it’s 1am Eastern time, and the House just passed the short-term FY 2012 spending bill by a vote of 219-203.
24 fiscal conservatives said no to the $24 billion spending hike. Per Chad Pergram at Fox News:
Amash, Austria, Broun, DesJarlais, Duncan (SC), Flake, Franks, Gingery, Graves (GA), Huelskamp, Huizinga, Hultgren, Jordan, King (IA), Lummis, Mack, Mulvaney, McClintock, Pearce, Poe, Schweikert, Walsh, Westmoreland and Wilson (SC).
6 Democrats voted yes and sided with the GOP leadership: Altmire, Holden, Kissell, McCarthy (NY), Michaud and Welch.
Boehner’s enticement to win back a few dozen Republicans who had previously revolted? Slicing off some federal funding for Solyndra-style subsidies:
House Republicans just after 8 p.m. introduced a new modified continuing resolution, which includes $100 million in cuts to a Department of Energy program called the Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program.
That program is the one that helped fund Solyndra, an energy company that went bankrupt and has led to Republican inquiries about how the program works.
The modification is in the form of an amendment to the continuing resolution that failed in the House on Wednesday.
On to the Senate…
The 219-203 vote sets up a confrontation with the Senate, where Democratic leaders have vowed to block the measure in a dispute over federal disaster aid.
…Reid said the Senate was ready to stay in session next week, potentially canceling its scheduled recess. The House bill would fund the government through Nov. 18.
By pushing ahead with a tweaked version of his original bill, Boehner is hoping to jam the Senate with time running out.
While the federal government has funding through Sept. 30, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will run out of money by Monday, officials in both parties have said.
“I urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill so we can send it to the president and keep our focus on the American people’s top priority: jobs,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement after the vote. “This common-sense measure cuts spending for the second year in a row and protects our struggling economy from the uncertainty of a government shutdown.”
The fight over a tiny sliver of the federal budget brought both parties back to the kind of brinksmanship they sought to avoid upon returning to Washington earlier this month. More than the $100 million cut for Solyndra, GOP lawmakers said it was the Democratic opposition that had drawn conservatives back to the leadership bill.
They accused senior House Democrats of playing political games by withdrawing their support only after they saw the Republicans would have trouble passing the bill on their own.
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