House Republicans are expected to hold a Conference meeting today to discuss the details of a CR agreement that could win 218 votes on the floor and be sent to the Senate. The current CR expires on Sept. 30, and Members are scheduled to adjourn Friday for a weeklong recess. Even if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is able to craft a new bill that could win a majority of votes, Reid plans to offer an amendment that would nearly double emergency funding in the measure. Itís unclear whether the Nevada Democrat actually has the votes to pass such a measure, but Senate Democrats maintain that the failed vote in the House strengthened their hand.
The gamesmanship between the two chambers has revived fears of another showdown over a government shutdown. Wednesday night, House GOP leaders tried to downplay the chances of a shutdown, however.
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