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 HoyerHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Scalise, Cole introduce resolution to change rules on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data MORE (D-Md.) demanded a vote on a motion to adjourn, which nearly all members of both parties voted against. Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieO'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Scalise blasts Democratic legislation on gun reforms Airports already have plenty of infrastructure funding MORE (R-Ky.) was the sole vote in favor, while Rep. Dwight EvansDwight (Dewey) EvansOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All' A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal House Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment MORE (D-Pa.) voted "present."


“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.

At least three Senate Republicans — Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he shares Kurdish 'concerns' over cease-fire Majority of Americans believe Trump's Syria move has damaged US reputation: poll Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' MORE (S.C.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Top Foreign Relations senators introduce Turkey sanctions bill MORE (Ky.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment Are Senate Republicans certain that Trump can return to office? MORE (Ariz.) — have also said they are opposed to the stopgap legislation.

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