House Speaker John Boehner assuaged fears of prolonged debate in the House Wednesday afternoon when he said he would "absolutely" allow a vote on the Senate's latest proposal to fund the government.
While the Republican-controlled House churned out several bills that would have ended the 16-day-long government shutdown, they were all rejected by Senate Democrats for including policy mandates that stripped away key measures in the Affordable Care Act.
The brinksmanship in Congress could be likened to a game of 'chicken' because if neither side of the aisle accepted the terms of the other in time, the Treasury would run out of available cash to pay its debts.
Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor used the added pressure to lump contentious policy measures in with a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling; a tactic that Boehner admits ultimately failed.
"We fought the good fight. We just didn't win," he said on WLW radio in Ohio. "There's no good reason for our members to vote 'no' [on the latest bill]."
The new plan will reopen government through January 15, 2014. It will also extend government borrowing authority through February 7, 2014. Senate Republicans secured a provision in the deal that sets a mid-December deadline to publicize progress on reaching an agreement to address long-term fiscal challenges.