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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.