House poised to break 72-hour voting rule as clock ticks toward government shutdown

House Republican leaders are poised to waive a key voting rule that requires lawmakers to release legislative text at least 72 hours before a vote as Congress races to avoid a weekend government shutdown.

The House is likely to vote on its final spending bill on Friday, just one day after lawmakers unveiled the “minibus” compiling the final six appropriations bills for fiscal 2024. It’s not clear what time the House will vote on the package, but it’s likely to be sometime in the morning, skirting the 72-hour rule put in place by Republicans when they took control of the lower chamber last year.

Spokespeople for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) confirmed they were likely to waive the voting rule, noting it was crucial to get the must-pass spending legislation through both chambers of Congress before federal
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