What would it take to end the shutdown or, more importantly, raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid default? As polling shows that this tactic (not strategy!) has proven to be a terrible disaster for the Republican Party it would seem reasonable that there are enough votes in the House to pass a “Clean CR” or bill to fund the federal government and reopen everything. CNN has polled the membership and found that indeed if the Senate bill was introduced on the floor of the US House it would pass rather easily with bipartisan support.
So why doesn’t a vote come up? House rules normally allow any Representative to bring a bill from the Senate with differences from the House directly onto the floor for a vote. But in a highly unusual parliamentary maneuver the House simply changed the rules to take that out of the hands of any member and put it exclusively in the hands of Eric Cantor (R-VA). And so it stands that he is the only person in the US right now that can end this standoff.