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12 House Republicans Jump Party Lines For 1 Major Reason

Twelve House Republicans joined with Democrats in voting for legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and other agencies on Thursday.

The final vote was 244-180.

The chamber then voted to fund the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and other related agencies with a similar 243-183 vote, with 10 Republicans siding with the Democrats.

These votes came after another Wednesday to reopen the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and Small Business Administration. That vote netted eight Republican members.

The Hill reported that the House voted Friday to fund the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency, with 10 Republicans members joining with Democrats to pass the measure.

The 12 GOP reps who sided with the Democrats in Thursday’s vote to open DOT and HUD included Pete King, Elise Stefanik and John Katko of New York; Chris Smith of New Jersey; Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; Steve Stivers of Ohio; Fred Upton of Michigan; Adam Kinzinger and Rodney Davis of Illinois; Will Hurd of Texas; Greg Walden of Oregon; and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.

Stefanik and Fitzpatrick have argued federal workers should not suffer because Congress and the White House cannot reach an agreement.

Friday was the first day federal workers did not receive a paycheck due to the partial government shutdown.

According to The Hill, House Democrats, under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, brought the bills forward in an attempt to pressure Republicans to reopen parts of the government.

While the bills passed so far would fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, the House also passed a continuing resolution that would provide funds for the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8 so negotiations on border security could continue.

President Donald Trump walked out of a White House meeting with Pelosi, Schumer and other congressional leaders on Wednesday after the speaker rejected supporting new funding for a border barrier if he agreed to reopen the government.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recounted that Trump turned the floor over to Pelosi and Schumer at the beginning of the meeting and asked what they would require in return for border barrier funding.

They repeated a demand to reopen the government and said negotiations on border security could continue afterward.

“The president then turned to the speaker and politely asked her, ‘OK Nancy, if we open the government up, in 30 days could we have border security?’ She raised her hand and said, ‘No, not at all,’” McCarthy said.

Trump responded, “I guess you still don’t want to deal with the problem,” and then left the room calling it a “waste of time.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declined to bring any of the House bills to a vote, saying that would be a waste of time without Trump’s agreement to sign them into law.

In a speech from the Senate floor on Thursday, McConnell chastised Democrats for being unwilling to compromise on border wall funding when they supported it under former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Showing side-by-side pictures of barriers built while Obama was in office and what the Trump administration has constructed, McConnell said, “I would defy my colleagues to tell me what the difference is.

“They’re exactly identical. So we went from the Obama administration when everybody was supporting a wall that looks just like this to the Trump administration where now it’s immoral.”

“The proposal we’re talking about today would represent one-tenth of 1 percent of federal spending for this year,” the majority leader added.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told reporters on Thursday, “The far left wing of Pelosi’s conference has pulled her away from being able to reach any kind of agreement, and that’s a shame because we are seeing more and more Democrats now on their side say that they really need to try to solve this problem.”

“So hopefully that continues to…push Pelosi in a position where she actually has to negotiate in good faith and put a real offer on the table,” he said.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. James Andrews

    January 12, 2019 at 12:35 am

    It’s time to seriously downsize the Federal government, period!

    • jl mullin

      January 12, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      yes to that!

  2. Diana

    January 12, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Senate do not pass this at all and I will remember upton won’t vote for him ever he is a Traitor

  3. kat

    January 12, 2019 at 12:45 am

    These Republicans are traitors to our party. We want the wall. Any government employee who is too dumb to save money for such events, deserves whatever happens to them. They make good money and this is not the first shut down. I hope better candidates run in the states these traitors are from and they are voted out next election for a true Republican.

  4. Larry Gaines

    January 12, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Those Republicans are Spineless Turncoat Traitors.

  5. Larry Reid

    January 12, 2019 at 12:47 am

    These RHINOS will jump themselves out of a job next election….( Hurd in my area ) .don’t care if issue is ten cents or a million dollars…right now must support the President 100% right down the line to squash the media from making mountain out of mole hill. No one is disadvantaged by Pres Trump, long term, without a offset or better.

  6. hainc

    January 12, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Your traitor s need to change parties ,your spineless and need to go. Sorry excuse for a Republican. We need true Republicans or a new party against both of them.

    • wvweights

      January 13, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      I like your part about…..a new party…..even the tea party seems to be useless. How about a Vets party. They know what war is like. They know the politicians back in dc….send them out to be killed or injured and then not even give them the care they need. Wonder how many of our congress, has served, and even more important how many of their children have also served? Each year the numbers get smaller and smaller. We have Americans overseas protecting countries that could care less about us……and they are being killed, injured etc. And the politicians want to send more. I sure would hope a vets party would pick up the…..first responders and other groups like them. Time to really think about it.

  7. Judy jones

    January 12, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Horseface Piglosi and whining cryin chuckie need to get a life elsewhere outside the govt.
    They don’t do anything to help the govt. or the citizens of US. We need protection from drugs, scum bums, criminals and gangs. We have enough to contend with in the US, we don’t need any more entering the US. Piglosi and cryin chuck should invite them into their house and property. They would all fit in real well.

  8. fred

    January 12, 2019 at 1:45 am

    the main question ie WHO WAS ELECTED TO RUN THIS COUNTRY … THAT WOULD BE TRUMP….MS PELOSI MUST REALIZE,, SHE IS NOT THE PRESIDENT SO SHE MUST BE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE.,,IF SHE DOESNT THEN TRUMP CAN VETO ALL OF IT AT HIS LEASURE AND PELOSI DOES NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO OVER RIDE IT,,,

    • Lorraine Kemer

      January 12, 2019 at 6:25 am

      Pelosi is third in line for the presidency. She figures they will impeach Trump, kill off Pence (with the help of clintons hit man), then wala, it will be madam President. Heaven help us.

  9. Rae

    January 12, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Nan & Chucky’s failure to negotiate are the reason we have this situation. You don’t go into a negotiating session and have the first words out or your mouth be NO.
    “The president turned to the speaker and politely asked her, ‘OK Nancy, if we open the government up, in 30 days could we have border security?’ She said, ‘No, not at all.’”
    The Pres presented his trade and they turned him down.

  10. JEAN f CRAIG

    January 12, 2019 at 1:58 am

    send out these 12 names so we will never vote for them again. they are turn coats just like mccain was

  11. Ronald Gunn

    January 12, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I think congress is full of wimpy assholes that are afraid to tell the truth or do what’s best for America. This is why I will not vote for any body running for congress any more. I’ll tired of helping to put liars in office. They care for them selves and no one else.

  12. MARILEE

    January 12, 2019 at 2:04 am

    THESE REPS SHOULD GO HOME AND STAY IF THEY ”’CANNOT”’ DO THW JOB THEY WERE SENT TO CONGRESS TO DO. PELOSI ”’LIED”’ WHEN SHE SAID THIS: I DID NOT TELL TRUMP NO ON THE WALL”. TODAY IN A DEBATE WITH SCALISE HOYER (NANCY’S MD. BUDDY) SLIPPED UP AND SAID SHE DID!!! WE ALL KNEW SHE DID LIE AND THE DEMS LIE ALL OF THE TIME.

  13. jim

    January 12, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Republicans WEAK they not make it!!! What a bunch of POS!!!!Vote them out ASAP!!!

  14. neo

    January 12, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Time to REPLACE all that “jumped “…replace them with other republicans or even democrats if there is no other republican ASAP …at least with a democrat you KNOW how they are going to vote.

  15. myrna Ward

    January 12, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Agree with all the above!! Gutless wonders. Can not stand behind OUR PRESIDENT!! Ship them out voters in their States!!!!!!!!!

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