- The House of Representatives passed two bills Thursday night that would fund federal agencies and end the partial government shutdown if passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump.
- A handful of House Republicans broke with Trump and voted in favour of reopening the government without funding for a border wall.
- Trump has insisted he will not sign a bill to reopen the government unless it contains $US5 billion in funding for a border wall.
- Here are the Republicans who broke with Trump and voted with Democrats.
Some Republican members of the House of Representatives joined Democrats on Thursday night to pass legislation that would fund the government and end the partial government shutdown if passed by the Senate and then signed by President Donald Trump.
House Joint Resolution 1 and House Resolution 21 – neither of which includes funding for Trump’s desired wall along the US-Mexico border – were passed largely along party lines. All 234 members of the new Democratic majority voted in favour, while many GOP lawmakers voted against the measures, which were nearly identical to the Senate’s stopgap measure passed in December ahead of the shutdown.
There were a handful of Republicans, however, who broke with Trump and voted with the Democrats. Trump has said he will not sign legislation to fund the government that doesn’t contain $US5 billion in funding for a border wall.
Five Republicans voted for H.J. Res. 1, which makes “further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.” (It would fund the DHS until February 8, according to the CNN reporter Manu Raju.)
Seven members of the GOP voted for H.R. 21, which makes “appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes,” funding the other government agencies affected by the partial shutdown.
Here are the Republicans who broke with Trump with their votes:
Rep. Will Hurd, who represents the 23rd District in Texas, voted for both H.J. Res. 1 and H.R. 21.
Hurd is a former CIA officer who represents a district that includes a stretch of land along the southern US border.
He has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s proposed wall and, according to CNN, “has authored bipartisan legislation that would support border security but focus more on technology and strategy than a physical wall.”
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania’s 1st District voted for both H.J. Res. 1 and H.R. 21.
In the 2018 midterm elections, Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent, ran as an anti-Trump Republican, and he has voted out of step with the president on multiple occasions.
In 2017, Fitzpatrick signed on to an amendment put forth by Rep. Will Hurd that would “prevent the use of funds to build any physical barriers, including walls or fences, along the border until the secretary of Homeland Security submits a comprehensive border security strategy to Congress,” The Hill reported.
Rep. John Katko from New York’s 24th District voted in favour of both H.J. Res. 1 and H.R. 21.
Katko identifies as a moderate Republican and is cochair of the moderate Tuesday Group informal caucus. He has opposed Trump on several issues.
Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey voted for H.J. Res. 1 but not H.R. 21.
Smith, of New Jersey’s 4th District, has said he supports Trump’s wall.
Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District voted for both H.J. Res. 1 and H.R. 21.
Stefanik has criticised Trump’s border-wall proposal. “I don’t think a wall is the best model,” she said in 2017, according to The Post Star.
“But I do think we need to get serious about border security on the southern border,” she said.
Source: The Post Star
Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan’s 6th District voted “no” on H.J. Res. 1 but “yes” on H.R. 21.
On December 21, Upton was one of eight Republicans to vote against the stopgap funding measure that included money for Trump’s proposed wall.
The Hill says, in the past, Upton has advocated “legislation that ties ‘border security to ending family separations at the border and giving ‘long-term stability’ to Dreamers.”
He believes a wall is suitable in some but not all areas along the southern US border.
Source: The Hill
Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon’s 2nd District voted “no” on H.J. Res. 1 but “yes” on H.R. 21.
Walden’s voting record usually matches up with Trump’s views, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Rep. Peter King of New York’s 2nd District voted for H.R. 21 but against H.J. Res. 1.
King is against the shutdown but for the wall, according to News12 Long Island.
“You give the president close to $US5 billion for the wall; you give the Democrats DACA,” King said, according to News12. “You set in motion a plan where, as the border becomes more secure, the 11 million people who are here illegally now can get a status and perhaps work toward citizenship.”
Source: News12 Long Island
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