The move caused an embarrassing floor loss for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). But it could also roil the waters in the Appropriations Committee, historically a place where party labels are far less important than the rest of the House.
“It certainly starts off the negotiations on the FY12 bills on the wrong foot and chips away at the trust between both sides,” a GOP aide said.
Rogers and Dicks have both played nice in public.
“We have a good working relationship,” Rogers said Wednesday, before the CR went down on the floor, “I understand his situation.”
Dicks said today that the two already had begun working together on a way forward on the CR.
But he did seem to chafe at accusations from Republicans that Democrats had ambushed them on the vote.
“It’s their responsibility to put 218 votes up on the floor on their legislation, OK? And I helped bail them out on the CR last year, we bailed them out on the omnibus. But that’s when we had a bill that was acceptable on our side,” Dicks said.
“There was no ambush,” Hoyer said today. “I said in my pen-and-pad that my view was that Democrats would not be supportive of the bill as it was presented.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.