A GOP leadership aide tells NBC News that the House will aim Thursday to pass the government funding measure that recently passed the Senate to keep the government running for a week.
Leadership will try to pass it via "Unanimous Consent" while this House is in a pro forma session. The House is otherwise off this week, and business is not ordinarily conducted during pro forma sessions. “It is held usually to satisfy the constitutional obligation that neither chamber can adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other,” according to the Senate Web site.)
As NBC’s Frank Thorp explains, Unanimous Consent means that a bill passes because both Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi agree to pass it, and there are no objections from any members. There will be no vote, just an announcement of unanimous consent, and a call for any objections. If there are none, then it passes."
The plan is then for the entire House to vote on Tuesday, Oct. 4 on a government spending bill that would last until Nov. 18th. This bill also has funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to replenish its account.
The vote Oct. 4 of the full House will allow conservative members of the House GOP to state their objections to what they see as too much money given to fund the government.
The bill has the support of House Democrats, and likely a majority of House Republicans, so it is expected to pass easily.
That Tea Party thing
For the week-long spending bill to pass by Unanimous Consent on Thursday, not a single member of the 435-member House can object. If one member wanted to they could show up in the House chamber, object and risk a shutdown.
No one has indicated they will do this -- and doing so could cost them politically, lost committee positions and media scrutiny, but this House does not do anything easily.
"I don't have a crystal ball,” a senior GOP aide tells NBC News about the possibility of a member holding up the measure, “but it would be an absolute shock and a disappointing one at that.”