- Republicans set themselves up for a fall when they refused to include Homeland Security funding in the CRomnibus budget bill.
- With short term funding running out, they passed a bitter partisan bill, H.R. 240, certain to be vetoed should it pass the Senate.
- Republican intransigence proved unpopular with the public.
- H.R. 240 didn’t pass the Senate.
- The Senate removed the offensive provisions and sent it back.
- Republican dissidents blocked a three week continuing resolution with most Democrats, playing hardball, voting NO ( H J RES 35: roll 104). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
- A majority of the House, Republicans and Democrats, blocked a conference on the Senate bill (H.R. 240: roll 105). Rep. Reed voted NAY.
- The Senate amended H.R. 33 Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act to avoid a shutdown for one week.
- At two hours to midnight, the House agreed to H.R. 33 as amended with the support of most Democrats (roll 106). Democrats reportedly were promised a clean vote on the Senate bill, H.R.240, next week.
All this so the GOP can struggle with itself again next week.