The House on Thursday voted to kill the Biden bid to fill the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden.
The move comes less than two weeks before a key procedural vote to end the GOP-led filibuster on the nomination of Biden to become President Donald Trump’s next secretary of state.
Biden, who has been campaigning heavily for the seat since he was sworn in as the country’s 45th president in January, is now leading a narrow Democratic primary field.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, announced the motion, which he said was unanimous and needed to be taken up.
It was unclear if the GOP caucus would vote to advance it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday morning called the vote “a bad day for America” and said it was “very disappointing.”
Biden has been running neck-and-neck with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia in the Democratic primary for the Senate, and he has said he wants to see a more centrist, bipartisan president.