6 Republican senators bucked President Donald Trump and voted for a spending bill that does not consist of the president’s increased border wall financing request.
The Senate stopped working to pass 2 separate costs bills that would end the traditionally long federal government shutdown. Initially, the Senate failed to pass President Trump’s “compromise” costs which contains $5.7 billion in border wall funding in exchange for a three-year extension of the Deferred Action for Youth Arrivals (DACA) program for prohibited aliens.
The Senate also failed to pass a tidy continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through February 8 and does not contain any increased border wall financing.
Six Republican senators voted against Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and the Republican majority to back Schumer’s plan.
The 6 Republican senators who voted with Schumer include:
- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)
- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowksi ( R-AK)
Sen. Romney infamously released an op-ed in theWashingtonPostin which he assaulted the president’s character and America First policies. Regardless of Romney’s numerous spats with the president, Romney stated in an interview with CNN that he will “be with Republicans” on the federal government shutdown.
” The shutdown is so extraordinarily unjust,” Collins stated ahead of the vote today. “I’ll vote yes and yes” on both bills.
Sen. Collins has actually bucked Trump and the Republican celebration in the past when she, Murkowski, and the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) tanked Obamacare rescind two times throughout Trump’s congressional term.
Murkowski likewise voted against validating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite historic Democrat opposition to his confirmation.
Sen. Garnder said that voting to re-open the government was the best thing to do.
Alexander contended in a statement after the votes that neither celebration ought to use a government shutdown as a bargaining chip.
” I voted two times today to open the government because it ought to never ever have actually been closed down,” Alexander said. “It is constantly wrong for either side to utilize shutting down the federal government as a bargaining chip in budget plan negotiations– it ought to be as off-limits as chemical weapons are to warfare.