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 HoyerThe House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Md.) demanded a vote on a motion to adjourn, which nearly all members of both parties voted against. Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-Ky.) was the sole vote in favor, while Rep. Dwight EvansDwight (Dewey) Michael EvansHarris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support Biden holds lead in 2020 endorsements Ten Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee 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.

At least three Senate Republicans — Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime Graham: Trump's attacks on minority congresswomen more 'narcissism' than racism Meghan McCain promotes July 17 as #GBMday to raise awareness of father's cancer MORE (S.C.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFirst responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Jon Stewart rips into Rand Paul after he blocks 9/11 victim compensation fund: 'An abomination' MORE (Ky.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets Flake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers 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.