Washington (CNN) - Another House Republican bill went down to defeat Wednesday, the second time in as many days.
The latest setback - a GOP spending cut bill calling for a refund to the U.S. Treasury of $180 million overpaid to a U.N. fund - failed to pass. The bill was part of Majority Leader Eric Cantor's weekly spending cut program called "You Cut."
Tuesday night a bill extending three provisions of the Patriot Act also failed. And earlier Tuesday GOP leaders pulled a trade bill that was scheduled for a vote after supporters expressed concerns it wouldn't pass.
The two bills that did get votes were brought to the floor under rules requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.
The measure extending key provisions of the Patriot Act fell short by seven votes, with 26 Republicans and 122 Democrats opposing it. The bill to bring back the money from the United Nations failed by 27 votes, but only two House Republicans opposed it, along with 167 Democrats.
House Republican aides blamed Democrats for the failed votes. In the case of the anti-terrorism provisions in the Patriot Act, they argued Democrats were opposing a request from their own president to retain key tools law enforcement and intelligence officials use to fight the war on terror. On the U.N. bill they said it was another case of Democrats opposing more spending cuts.
"This 'You Cut' was all hat and no cattle," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters after the bill failed on the House floor. "It has zero budget impact," Hoyer said, noting that Democratic leaders did not "whip" the bill to formally urge Democrats to vote no.
But Hoyer said Rep. Howard Berman, the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the case against the bill at a meeting with Democrats Wednesday morning. According to Hoyer, Berman explained that $100 million of the United Nations fund was already pledged at the request of the New York City Police Department to pay for security costs around the U.N. building. The two House Republicans who opposed the bill were from New York - Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King and freshman Rep Michael Grimm.
The House of Representatives passed one bill unanimously on Wednesday – a measure to name a federal courthouse in Arizona after Judge John Roll, the federal judge who was killed last month when a gunman opened fire during Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district meeting in a grocery store parking lot.
Republican leaders are planning to bring the Patriot Act bill back to the floor for a vote under rules requiring just a simple majority, but it's unclear when that will happen.