Late Monday night, about two hours ahead of the shutdown deadline, the House called for a Conference Committee. Yesterday, the Senate voted 54-46 to table the Conference Committee.
Also yesterday, the House took up a plan to vote on resolutions funding certain limited programs. The House voted and failed to suspend the rules and agree these “mini CRs” for veterans’ affairs (failed by vote of 264-164), national parks (failed by 252-176), and Washington, DC (failed by 265-163). A two-thirds majority, or 288 votes, is required to suspend the rules and bring legislation directly to the House floor.
While there was not much progress on the shutdown front, Congress did attend to some other work – the Senate named conferees to the Farm Bill.