Patience is beginning to wear thin among Senate Republicans for a prolonged government shutdown, with a growing number at risk of revolting if the fight over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall drags out indefinitely.
“I think we can walk and chew gum,” GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Tuesday, adding she’s “amenable to a process that would allow for those appropriations bills that have concluded some time ago that they be enacted into law — whether it’s the Department of Interior or the IRS. I’d like to see that.”
Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine — who are both up for re-election in 2020 in purple states — have indicated that they would support action by Congress to reopen the government even without a border wall deal. And more could soon revolt.
BREAKING: GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski just announced her support for House bill to reopen the government, without any funding for a border wall. She is the third Republican Senator to do so. Collins & Gardner are the other two. GOP Gov Hogan (MD) also called for end to shutdown.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 9, 2019
.@nancycordes reports: “.. Murkowski became the third GOP senator to say publicly that we should reopen most of these agencies as negotiations continue … GOP leaders, however, continue to say that Dems need to get back to the negotiating table with the president … pic.twitter.com/9DFwL4f1FJ
— Norah O’Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) January 9, 2019