House does redo vote on bill to reopen government

House does redo vote on bill to reopen government
© Greg Nash

The House revoted Wednesday on a Democratic-backed short-term spending bill to fund the government through Feb. 28, passing the legislation in a 229-184 vote.

Democratic leaders brought the measure back up for a vote following chaos on the House floor last week. The measure initially passed the lower chamber in a voice vote on Thursday, but Republicans called foul when their request for a roll call was not granted.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats, GOP poised to pounce on Mueller findings GOP trapped between Trump and Dems on spending Wasserman Schultz: 'We need a President, not a comic book villain' MORE (D-Md.) later requested to vacate that vote and bring the measure back to the floor after lawmakers returned from their three-day holiday weekend.

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Six Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in voting for the funding bill: GOP Reps. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikDem gun efforts run into Senate GOP bulwark Overnight Health Care: Lawmakers get deal to advance long-stalled drug pricing bill | House votes to condemn Trump's anti-ObamaCare push | Eight House Republicans join with Dems | Trump officials approve Medicaid expansion in Maine The 8 Republicans who voted against Trump's anti-ObamaCare push MORE (N.Y.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race DCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats Dems ramp up subpoena threats MORE (Texas), John Katko (N.Y.), Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithMain Street businesses need permanent tax relief to grow Overnight Health Care: Lawmakers get deal to advance long-stalled drug pricing bill | House votes to condemn Trump's anti-ObamaCare push | Eight House Republicans join with Dems | Trump officials approve Medicaid expansion in Maine The 8 Republicans who voted against Trump's anti-ObamaCare push MORE (N.J.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerHouse fails to override Trump veto on border wall The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration MORE (Wash.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race Cybersecurity Advisory Committee will strengthen national security through a stronger public-private partnership Congress is ready to tackle climate change MORE (Pa.).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWarren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 Ocasio-Cortez knocks Republican over Kentucky trip: 'GOP thought they could catch us with a bluff' Ocasio-Cortez releases 'Green New Deal' short film MORE (N.Y.) was the lone Democrat to vote against the bill.

"Most of our votes are pretty straightforward, but today was a tough/nuanced call," she wrote in a story posted to her official Instagram account. "We didn't vote with the party because one of the spending bills included ICE funding and our community felt strongly about not funding that."

Ocasio-Cortez garnered attention earlier this month after she blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE for funding ICE hours after she voted for a bill to reopen the government that include money for the federal agency. 

Democratic leaders brought the latest short-term funding measure to the floor as part of a strategy to try to pressure GOP lawmakers into breaking with President Trump over his demand for billions of dollars to fund a wall along the nation's southern border.

Its passage comes on the 33rd day of the partial government shutdown as negotiators continue to struggle to find a path forward to reopen the government.

Trump has vowed he will not sign a spending bill that doesn’t provide funding for the barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, while Democratic negotiators have asserted they are not open to supporting the $5.7 billion in border security funding requested by the administration.

The president over the weekend proposed extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and temporary protected status as part of an immigration deal with Democrats. But Democratic leaders quickly rebuffed the offer, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Pelosi accuses Barr of 'single-minded effort' to protect Trump against Mueller report Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings MORE (D-Calif.) arguing the proposals are “unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”

Both sides have accused the opposing party of holding the government hostage, with Republicans arguing Democrats aren't taking negotiations seriously and need to present a counteroffer. Democrats, meanwhile, have called for the government to reopen before they move forward with talks on how to best secure the border.

The House will take up a separate measure to fund the remaining agencies through the end of the fiscal year later in the day. Neither measure is expected to pass the upper chamber.

Updated: 2:47 p.m.