Well, they did it with the help of the President whipping votes for a bill that bails out banks again and some cooperative Democrats - 57 of them to be exact. 67 Republicans voted against it.
The bill faced opposition from GOP conservatives angry that it failed to defund President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions, and from progressive Democrats who strenuously objected to provisions that weakened rules on banks and loosened campaign finance regulations.
The bill passed by a vote of 219 to 206, less than three hours before a midnight deadline to avert a shutdown. Fifty-seven Democrats joined 162 Republicans in voting for the bill.
It now goes to the Senate, which has remained in session awaiting the House vote.
It galls me that this thing passed with those blatant campaign finance, pension, and bailout provisions. Galls me down to my toes.
But it still has to go to the Senate. If it doesn't pass there, the government shutdown would be on Democrats, not Republicans. Would Democrats have the guts to do it?
I don't think so, even with Senator Warren leading a charge.
Mark my words, this will be a disaster for Democrats and all the rest of us. Give Republicans an inch, they'll take a mile.