For the second time in a month, the House on Tuesday invoked "martial law" to allow more expeditious consideration of a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
The use of martial law refers to bypassing the typical procedure that requires the House to wait a day after the Rules Committee produces a rule establishing floor debate parameters before voting.
Instead, the House can now vote on the procedural measure on the same day.
Wednesday will be the last full day before current funding runs out. The government will shut down on Oct. 1 in the absence of congressional action.
House GOP leaders invoked martial law earlier this month to fast-track a spending bill. But they ultimately never had to use it after the Senate opted to go first with the spending bill.
The martial law provision was tucked into a Tuesday rule governing debate on legislation granting states flexibility in withholding Medicaid funding from health providers that offer abortions.
- Updated at 3:56 p.m.