On the evening of September 19, the U.S. House passed HB 5912 by a vote of 310-95. This is the bill to end public funding for national party conventions. The only parties that have ever received public funding to pay for their national conventions have been the Democratic and Republican Parties in years 1976 through 2012, and also the Reform Party received such funding in 2000. The FEC later determined that much of the money sent to the Reform Party for its 2000 national convention had not been spent properly. The FEC asked for repayment, but that repayment was never made, because by the time the court proceedings over repayment were over, the Reform Party had virtually no assets.
The vote in the House needed 2/3rds, and the bill did receive 2/3rds. Every Republican who voted voted “Yes”. Democrats split on the issue, with 85 Democrats voting “yes” and 95 Democrats voting “no”, and ten Democrats not voting.