House votes to extend trade fight into July

The House easily passed a measure on Tuesday to give lawmakers through the end of July to figure out how to pass President Obama's trade agenda.

The extension, attached onto a "rule" establishing parameters for floor debate on an unrelated intelligence authorization bill, sailed through on a vote of 236-189.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump appears alongside Ocasio-Cortez on Time 100 list Resurrecting deliberative bodies Trump's decision on health care law puts spotlight on Mulvaney MORE (R-Ohio) set up a process last week allowing the House to conduct a do-over of the failed vote on aid for workers displaced by trade deals, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Under House rules, the chamber would have had to vote again by Tuesday absent an extension.

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The House can now vote again on trade anytime through July 30 under the current extension. Congress is expected to be in recess throughout the entire month of August.

Unlike last week, the latest House procedural vote on trade passed easily with only six conservatives voting against it. Three Democrats voted for the rule in a departure from what is usually a partisan roll call: Reps. Brad Ashford (Neb.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.) and Jim Costa (Calif.).

The six Republicans in opposition to Tuesday's rule were Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashBipartisan group asks DHS, ICE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals Overnight Defense: House votes to end US support for Yemen war | Vote expected to force Trump's second veto of presidency | More Russian troops may head to Venezuela | First 'Space Force' hearing set for next week House ignores Trump veto threat, approves bill ending US support for Yemen war MORE (Mich.), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksPoll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field Alabama Holocaust Commission condemns GOP lawmaker's use of Hitler phrase 'big lie' Trump loyalist Gaetz eyes Senate bid in Alabama MORE (Ala.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google face tough questions on white nationalism | Nielsen's exit raisers cyber worries | McConnell calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival' | Facebook changes terms for EU data Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave YouTube shuts down comments on House hearing on white nationalism over hateful remarks MORE (Texas), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Bill Posey (Fla.). 

The rule setting up floor debate for the trade package last week nearly derailed after 34 Republicans, mostly conservatives unhappy with the way the bills were structured. It established separate votes on the job aid bill as well as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), giving Obama fast-track powers. Eight pro-trade Democrats ultimately crossed party lines to save the measure.

Votes on rules are tests of party discipline. Even members of the minority party who support the underlying legislation usually vote against the rule.