The House on Thursday approved the rule for a bill authorizing intelligence spending for the rest of FY 2011.
The rule was approved in a 251-133 vote. All Republicans present and 21 Democrats voted for the rule.
During debate, several Democrats said they would oppose the rule for debating the bill because it does not allow for consideration of many Democratic amendments. But several, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), said they would vote for the bill itself because it was written with input from both parties.