House stays in DC despite threats from GOP leaders
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House members have been advised to stay close to the Capitol on Friday as the midnight deadline to avoid a shutdown ticks closer, despite initial claims by GOP leaders that the chamber would adjourn in the afternoon in defiance of the Senate impasse.

GOP leaders said earlier Friday that House lawmakers would leave as a way to build pressure on the Senate to clear the House-passed spending bill and avoid a government shutdown at midnight.

But House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerWhy Omar’s views are dangerous On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters MORE (D-Md.) demanded a vote on a motion to adjourn, which nearly all members of both parties voted against. Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse pays tribute to Walter Jones House approves motion condemning anti-Semitism Lawmakers push to end shutdowns — for good MORE (R-Ky.) was the sole vote in favor, while Rep. Dwight EvansDwight (Dewey) Michael EvansTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown Dem leaders fend off calls to impeach Trump MORE (D-Pa.) voted "present."

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“I believe we ought to stay here and do our work,” Hoyer said on the House floor.

The House is supposed to be on recess next week, and lawmakers are hoping to avoid needing to reschedule congressional delegations abroad as well as events back in their districts.

Guidance from the House majority whip’s office initially maintained that a series of votes late Friday morning would be the only legislative business of the day.

But after lawmakers voted against adjourning, members were then advised to “remain flexible, as additional procedural votes are possible.”

The House passed legislation on Thursday night, mostly on party lines, to keep the government open through Feb. 16 and extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

But the bill does not appear to have the votes to pass in the Senate.

Democrats are demanding protections for young immigrants known as “Dreamers” in order to support what would be the fourth stopgap spending measure since September.

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House members are staying close to the Capitol as they wait to see what unfolds in the Senate.