The President claims that the House Speaker, John Boehner, is refusing to allow a vote on a so-called "clean spending bill" which many believe actually has the votes to pass (see for example http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-04/obama-tells-republicans-to-stop-shutdown-farce/4997874 ):
Mr Obama says there are enough Republicans willing to pass a spending bill immediately if House speaker John Boehner will allow a vote without partisan conditions attached - a so-called clean vote.
- Is there a mechanism whereby the house can force such a vote to take place against the will of the speaker?
For example, in a Westminster-style parliament, any member could immediately move a motion to suspend standing orders in order to bring on a vote to either pass the bill or remove the Speaker. This would however require an absolute majority of the house. Does such a mechanism exist in the U.S. House?