House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (center) was able to convince his fellow Republicans to overcome their reservations today about a stopgap funding measure.
House Republicans today overcame their own party’s reservations about a stopgap funding measure, passing a procedural motion to move the bill closer to final passage this afternoon.
The chamber voted 238-185 on the rule for the continuing resolution after Republicans whipped their Members to vote with leadership in favor of it. More than 50 conservative Republicans blasted the bill’s price tag, while scores of Democrats on the opposite end of the spectrum complained it did not include enough disaster aid and that the bill offset the cost of that aid by cutting funds to a popular alternative-vehicle research program.
The measure is now poised to win final approval later today and head to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has pledged to add more disaster funding to help those states affected by recent natural disaster such as Hurricane Irene.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.