In a surprise outcome on Wednesday, the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill needed to fund the federal government past Sept. 30.
The vote dealt the Republican leadership a setback, as they had expected the bill to pass. But conservative Republicans opposed to the amount of spending broke ranks with leaders, and nearly all Democrats opposed the bill as well.
The New York Times reported that the vote was 230-195, with only six Democrats voting for the bill and 48 Republicans voting against it. Conservative Republicans opposed it because they felt it did not do enough to cut spending, while Democrats were dissatisfied with the amount of disaster aid.