According to members of both parties, BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE pulled consideration of the bill late Tuesday even though a bill was prepared, and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince The Trail 2016: Dems struggle for unity Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.) was pushing for a vote.
House adjournment also means a Senate-passed bill, which would provide $60 billion for Sandy-related relief, will die in the 113th Congress. House Republicans said the Senate bill was too costly, and had prepared a $27 billion bill as a replacement.
Technically, there is some small chance the House could act on a Sandy bill Thursday just before the new Congress is sworn in, or possibly if the House were to return today. But that seemed highly unlikely as of midday on Wednesday.
The House returns at 11 a.m. Thursday, and the new Congress takes control at noon.
While members of the House protested when the House adjourned around midnight last night, there was no protest about the motion to adjourn Wednesday afternoon.
Just before leaving, the House approved two bills by unanimous consent:
H.R. 6586, extending a limitation on liability against commercial space launch companies, and
S. 3250, the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act, which would authorize grants to states that conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing.
— This story was updated at 1:15 p.m.