Third GOP Senator Votes to Reopen Government Without Wall Funding, Defies Trump
Gardner is now the third Republican expected to vote to advance the 'clean' funding bill.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) has defied President Trump with a vote to reopen the government without securing any border wall funding, according to the Denver Post editorial board.
Gardner is now the third Republican expected to vote to advance the "clean" funding bill.
According to a comment from Gardner’s spokesman the Post, the senator intended to vote for a “clean funding bill … with no border-security funding attached.”
Not surprisingly, the Senator is up for reelection in 2020 in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, beating Trump.
He also plans to vote for a measure backed by Trump administration that the Senate will consider on Thursday.
Also expected to vote for the clean funding bill are Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)
“I’m in the camp of being happy that we’re going to be going to the floor and having an opportunity to vote on proceeding to anything,” Murkowski said.
“I’m not very optimistic at its chance of passage, but we’ve got to get ourselves off of dead center here.”
According to The Hill: Collins has said she would vote to advance both bills, and Murkowski told The Washington Post that she would vote to move forward with Trump's bill.
Both of the measures the Senate is considering on Thursday are expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance.
The Senate will first take up Trump’s immigration-centric proposal, which asks for $5.7 billion in funding for the wall and would grant protections to some immigrants.
According to Vox: Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) went on the Senate floor and said he thinks there’s a reasonable compromise to be made with Democrats: reopen the government for a short period of time, with the assurance that they will negotiate border security in good faith, and use that time to actually strike a deal on the border wall.
The second proposal involves a two-week stopgap funding bill to fund the government through Feb. 8 and allow time for lawmakers and Trump to reach a long-term deal.
On Wednesday, Pelosi rejected Trump’s acceptance of her initial invitation to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress, saying the House will block it from moving forward until the partial government shutdown has ended.
“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House chamber until the government has opened,” Pelosi wrote as the relationship between House Democrats and the White House continues to deteriorate.
The announcement accompanies a letter from Pelosi last week in which she requested the president to postpone his annual SOTU address.
This latest move from House Speaker Pelosi comes after President Trump declined her previous request and the White House said the State of the Union would go ahead as scheduled.