House Passes Spending Bills For Some Programs, District of Columbia

Democrats not fans of "piecemeal" strategy


House Republicans on Wednesday night succeeded in passing three measures to reopen various parts of the government, following a failure to approve them on Tuesday.

GOP lawmakers also voted to override, 230-194, a Democratic attempt to force a vote on a "clean" short-term continuing resolution that would have put moderate Republicans on the record — and potentially would have proved that there were enough votes for a policy-rider-free CR to pass the chamber.

"You know if we had the vote tonight, it would pass," shouted House Budget Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen in opposition to the ruling that the Maryland Democrat's motion to recommit was out of order because it was not germane.