When Republicans raised a point of order, Hoyer argued that the circumstances are dire, and that it should be considered.

"This resolution speaks directly to keeping the government of the United States operating for the next seven days, keeping our men and women in the armed forces paid for that week, making sure that every other necessary service for government is available to the American people for the next seven days, and it is the only vehicle that now appears to be viable to accomplish that objective," Hoyer said. "And as a result, Mr. Speaker, I believe this is not only in order, it is imperative."

When the chairman ruled the point of order was upheld, Hoyer moved to appeal the ruling. Republicans then moved to table the motion, and a vote on the Republican move was upheld in a party-line 235-181 vote.