The rule covers H.J.Res. 117, which would put the federal government on pace to spend $1.047 trillion in 2013, in line with the cap agreed to under the Budget Control Act. Leaders in the House and Senate — as well as the White House — agreed to a six-month spending bill before Congress left for the summer break.

That same rule also covers a bill from Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) that aims to replace the pending cuts to military spending under the sequester. West's bill, H.R. 6365, would mandate $19 billion in discretionary cuts, and require the administration to propose a way around the $55 billion in defense cuts under the sequester.

Debate on the rule was mostly between Reps. Rob WoodallRob WoodallGOP flashes stop sign at Trump on gas tax Dem seeks to delay tax reform until after review of Trump's returns The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-Ga.) and Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), and largely consisted of a partisan yet congenial back-and-forth in which both revisited their now-familiar assessments of why the House has not operated more smoothly in the 112th Congress.