But the House did accept a motion to instruct from a Republican, Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackWomack wins initial support to become Budget chairman House Foreign Affairs chairman to retire This week: Clock ticks toward shutdown deadline MORE (Tenn.). Her motion instructs House negotiators to reject Senate language that offers states grant funding to fight distracted driving. Members narrowly approved that motion, 201-194.

Regardless of whether they passed or failed, the motions are inconsequential at this stage. The House and Senate are working on an agreement off the floor that would either reauthorize highway spending for several years, or provide for a short-term extension.

Highway authorization expires at the end of this month.