House adopts same-day rule

The House on Friday adopted a rule to speed up consideration of a border bill.

The rule, passed 219-190, grants same-day authority. That means the House can consider a rule for a bill the same day it goes before the House Rules Committee. Normally, the House must wait at least one day before it can consider a rule approved by the panel.

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After passage of the rule, the House went into recess subject to call of the chair. A senior aide said the earliest the House could begin the process of considering its new border plan would be about 4 p.m.

A few hurdles remain before members can call it a day. The House Rules Committee must approve a rule. Then, the House would debate the rule on the floor and vote on it. Only then could the House debate and vote on the border supplemental package and measure regarding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program.

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