Late on Monday evening after the contours of the Senate deal had taken shape, Boehner and his team released a statement that said, “The House will honor its commitment to consider the Senate agreement if it is passed. Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or promptly amend themeasure will not be made until House members — and the American people — have been able to review the legislation.”
The House’s path is made simpler since leadership has procedure on their side.
Clause 6(a)(3) of rule XIII gives House leaders same-day authority during the last three days of a Congress, meaning they can bring any legislation, including an amended deal, to the floor any time before noon on Thursday. The procedure has not been used since Dec. 31, 1970.
Chuck Conlon, Jonathan Strong and Alan K. Ota contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.