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There are so many aspects to the wrangling of getting a bill to reopen the government, that it's difficult to keep up with them all.
One of the things that happened was a rule change --late on the night before the shutdown-- on how this current Senate bill can be brought to the floor of the House for a vote.
According to Democrats, under normal House rules, once the bill had been rejected again by the Senate, then any member of the House could have made a motion to vote on the Senate's bill. That's called a "privileged" motion which means the motion would be entitled to a vote of the full House.
Democrats say if that'd happened, then they could have joined with moderate Republicans and approved the motion and then passed the clean Senate bill which would have averted the shutdown.
But that change in the rules stipulates that only the Majority leader, or someone he designates, can bring a motion to the floor. It applies to this bill only.
Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen recently challenged the change. The video is below and you can read more about it HERE.