House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) began the debate on the rule for the bill by pointing out that Senate Democrats had delayed action on the bill earlier in the week.

"I was not going to say this," said Dreier, who then recounted a radio news report that said Senate Democrats held the spending bill "hostage." Senate Democrats earlier in the week delayed action on the spending bill as they sought to seek leverage in a separate fight over the payroll tax cut holiday.

"We are here faced with this situation because of the inability of our colleagues in the other body, in the United States Senate, to act," Dreier said. Later in the debate, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) slammed the Senate for trying to link the two bills, and criticized the Senate's general inability to pass key bills.

"Listen, the Senate has become again and again and again, the place where legislation goes to die," he said. "It is not enough to sit over there in the lofty Senate chamber and say we don't like what you did House, and not produce a product. The time has come for them to pass a bill."

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But Democrats said the last minute consideration of the bill is more evidence of the GOP's failure to run the House as transparently as it had promised.

"It is a demonstration of failure," Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said. At the same time, she indicated that she and other Democrats would vote for the bill to avoid a government shutdown.

"We will of course do that because… the looming layoff and shutdown of the federal government is something we cannot stand at this juncture or any other time," she said.

Slaughter added that much of the delay was over policy riders that Republicans sought to include in the bill as another reason for delay.

"We know this could have been done much sooner, but there were five riders that had to be resolved, everything from the reproductive rights of citizens of the District of Columbia to energy-saving light bulbs," she said. "This house has spent more time debating light bulbs than we have putting American people to work. It's really been an outrage."

Rep. Virginia FoxxVirginia FoxxAmerica’s workers, job creators need the Save Local Business Act DeVos abandons student loan servicing overhaul House Republican offers bill to reverse controversial labor rule MORE (R-N.C.) defended the debate on light bulbs.

"Light bulbs are a symptom of the problem with this executive administration and our friends across the aisle," she said. "Talk about wanting to micro-manage. They want to control what kind of light bulbs we have."

The final bill bans the enforcement of light bulb energy efficiency standards and bans the use of District of Columbia funds for abortion. But it does not include language that would tighten up family travel to Cuba.

Democrats also complained that the 2,300 page spending bill was just introduced last night, which breaks the GOP pledge to give members three days to read all bills before they are brought up on the floor.

"Look at this bill," Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said. "It's 2,300 pages. It was just introduced in the dead of night."

Dreier said the agreement on the bill was reached Monday, and that the text was available early Wednesday morning. LaTourette added that Democratic complaints about the process are disingenuous given the Democrats' failure to pass any budget at all last year, and praised the work of Reps. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Norman Dicks (D-Wash.), the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee.

"Mr. Dicks and Mr. Rogers did something that was never done under the stewardship of the previous speaker, and that is we had bills come up in subcommittee," LaTourette said, adding that Republicans allowed for consideration of amendments at every level of the process. "So for those who are squealing about process, it's really an inappropriate exercise," he said.

Reps. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Norman Dicks (D-Wash.), the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, both spoke more calmly about the bipartisan nature of the spending compromise. Both indicated, as they have in recent weeks, that with 2012 spending out of the way, they would hope to have more time to finish work on the 2013 spending bills in a less rushed fashion.

Rogers even wished Dicks a happy birthday; Dicks turns 71 today.

— This story was originally posted at 10:45 a.m. but updated at 11:35 a.m. to reflect the rule vote.