The House reconvened at noon to hear one-minute speeches, then recessed subject to the call of the chairman at 12:14 p.m.

The recess was called because House Republicans had scheduled a noon meeting at which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was expected to discuss a possible budget agreement with Democrats.

Left unclear is whether the House would have time to take up its planned consideration of a resolution that would disapprove of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) regulation of the Internet through its net-neutrality rules.

Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) called on Republicans to skip the FCC resolution, H.J.Res. 37, and focus on a spending plan in order to avoid a government shutdown, which would occur at midnight Friday if no deal were reached.