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House Cancels Vote on Avoiding Default

October 15, 2013

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (official portrait)

The House of Representatives was set to vote on a Republican measure to reopen the federal government and dodge a potentially disastrous default on U.S. debts, but GOP leaders canceled the vote Tuesday afternoon. They cited a lack of support among conservative members, CNN is reporting.

House Speaker John Boehner had earlier said the measure would come to the floor for a vote on Tuesday evening.

Related: House to Vote Tuesday Night on Budget Bill

Mr. Boehner is prohibited from introducing a bill for a vote under a quiet rules change implemented by the House Rules Committee on the eve of the partial federal shutdown that commenced on Oct. 1.

Under longstanding rules, any member is allowed to call for a vote on a Senate proposal. Under the new rule, however, only the House majority leader can allow the Senate's clean funding resolution to come up for a vote.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has declined to do so, even though such a vote would likely have headed off the shutdown before it began.

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