The House spurned Republican leaders on Monday night by approving a rare petition that will force a floor vote this week on legislation to reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

The so-called "discharge petition" from Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., had the support of every Democrat and dozens of Republicans, and was opposed by House GOP leaders. But under House rules, supporters of the petition had the right to call it up on Monday.

The petition easily passed in a 246-177 vote, a result made possible with the help of 62 GOP lawmakers. That was far less than the 177 Republicans who voted "no," but still plenty to win it passage by a simple majority vote.

The successful vote is a strong rebuke to House GOP leaders that had purposefully not called up a vote on the Ex-Im bill for months. With the discharge petition passed, the House is now expected to debate and vote Tuesday on Fincher's legislation to reauthorize the bank.

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