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Meadows: House Reconvening to Vote on Same-Day Authority Plan

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By    |   Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:12 PM

House lawmakers will reconvene Saturday to vote on a rule that will allow same-day authority to act on any legislation brought forth on the government shutdown, as a vote could come later in the day to reopen the government, according to Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.

"There could be a vote as early as later today," the North Carolina Republican told Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "I can tell you in the House, we're going to reconvene at 3:45 to vote on what we call a same-day rule, which means if the Senate acts, we can act immediately."

The same-day authority is necessary, said Meadows, because the House has rules requiring a three-day wait period before looking at a piece of legislation, said Meadows.

"We don't want to keep the government shut down for three days for a procedural hurdle, so we're preemptively getting ready on the House side for something that may change on the Senate side," said Meadows.

At the same time, it's up to Democrats to decide if they want to reopen the government, said Meadows.

Senate procedures would allow the chamber to have a vote as early as Saturday, said Meadows.

"If the Democrats were to yield back their debate time or if the Democrats want to continue to play politics, it could last into Monday before an actual vote takes place," said Meadows.

A four-or-five-day extension will do nothing to help, said Meadows. In addition, a short extension has already been rejected by the House, said Meadows.

"If you can't have a four-week extension, if the Democrats have to have some kind of a win, is there some flexibility there?" he said. "Perhaps. I know I have communicated with our leadership about what conservatives are willing to do, but I see how four or five days actually advances the cause. We'll just be back here on Tuesday or Wednesday if we do that, so let's get serious about it today. I can tell you the mood within our GOP conference that I just stepped out of is one of just unbelievable seriousness."

Members of the House Freedom Caucus had initially objected to the continuing resolution that would have kept the government open, but at the same time, "we believe we should not hold our military hostage and allow those increase in spending levels to increase for our military, and not grow the size of government and everywhere else."

However, Democratic lawmakers say the government needs a 13 percent funding increase, to grow the government by three percent, said Meadows.

"A number of us believe that we have put forth a measure to continue the negotiations, keep the government open, and ultimately, hopefully, make a good decision not only for the markets  but for moms and dads on Main Street, said Meadows. 

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