Why can’t the U.S. House vote on the Senate amendment that funds the government, which most analysts say would pass? Because on Oct. 1, House Republicans changed their chamber’s standing rules to prevent members from being able to call for a vote. The rule change gives that right exclusively to House Speaker John Boehner (in photo), R-Ohio, who has thus far refused to allow a vote. In a video that has gone viral, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., tries to call for a vote but is blocked. “Why were the rules rigged to keep the government shut down?” Van Hollen asked.
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