As we enter day three of the government shutdown, it is time to start playing the numbers game. The House, mired in partisan gridlock, has been the source of the problem, with the Republicans holding a majority with 232 seats, while the Democrats hold 200. With most votes regarding the budget and that pesky problem of funding Obamacare being split down party lines, and the GOP voting down most measures, the key to ending the government shutdown lies in getting enough Republicans to vote with the Democrats to pass a budget. 17 Republicans to be exact.
According to an ongoing vote tally being recorded by The Huffington Post, there are apparently 20 Republicans, more than the required 17, who have expressed their desire to vote for a clean continuing resolution.
A clean CR, in this case, refers to the spending bill passed by the Senate, without any amendments. In other words, these House Republicans want to pass a full continuing resolution that includes funding for Obamacare. They have rejected the Tea Party desire to remain firm in rejecting all funding for the Affordable Care Act, and are also displeased with Speaker John Boehner’s hackneyed compromises to pass the budget piece by piece.
So the government shutdown could, theoretically, end today. All that would need to happen is for Speaker Boehner to place a clean CR on the floor for a vote. These 20 Republicans and the 200 Democrats in the House would be happy to pass it.
- Pat Meehan from Pennsylvania: “At this point, I believe it’s time for the House to vote for a clean, short-term funding bill to bring the Senate to the table and negotiate a responsible compromise,” he said in a press release.
- Scott Rigell of Virginia: “Time for a clean CR,” he announced on Twitter.
- Jon Runyan of New Jersey: “Enough is enough. Put a clean CR on the floor and let’s get on with the business we were sent to do,” he told the Burlington County Times.
- Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania: an aide told the Philadelphia Inquirer the congressman would support a clean funding bill if it came up for a vote.
- Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania: told the Bethlehem Morning Call he would “absolutely” vote for a clean bill to end the government shutdown.
- Peter King of New York: told the National Review Online that he will only vote for a clean continuing resolution.
- Devin Nunes of California: told a Huffington Post reporter that he would ultimately support a clean continuing resolution.
- Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania: “I’m prepared to vote for a clean CR,” he told The Huffington Post.
- Frank Wolf of Virginia: An aide told The Hill that he thinks it’s time for a clean continuing resolution.
- Michael Grimm of New York: An aide told The Huffington Post that the congressman supports a clean continuing resolution.
- Erik Paulsen of Minnesota: told a local news anchor in Minnesota in a tweet that he would vote for a clean resolution if given the chance.
- Rob Wittman of Virginia: sent an email to a constituent that was later obtained by The Huffington Post saying that he would vote for a clean funding bill but hasn’t had “an opportunity to do so at this point.”
- Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey: told The Press of Atlantic City he’ll support “whatever gets a successful conclusion” to the shutdown and a clean funding bill “is one of those options.”
- Randy Forbes of Virginia: told The Virginian-Pilot that he supports the clean funding bill that passed in the Senate.
- Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania: said he would “vote in favor of a so-called clean budget bill,” in an official statement.
- Leonard Lance of New Jersey: an aide told a constituent and confirmed to The Huffington Post that the Congressman has voted for clean funding bills in the past “and would not oppose doing so again should one be brought to the floor.”
- Mike Simpson of Idaho: “I’d vote for a clean CR because I don’t think this is a strategy that works,” he told a Roll Call reporter.
- Bill Young of Florida: told a Tampa Bay Times reporter that he’s ready to vote for a clean funding bill. “The politics should be over. It’s time to legislate.”
- Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida: told a Miami Herald reporter that he would vote for a clean funding bill, as long as the funding levels were the same as in the Senate passed bill.
- Richard Hanna of New York: “I would take a clean CR,” he told the Observer-Dispatch.
- Rodney Davis of Illinois: An aide told a constituent that the Congressman ” is prepared to vote ‘yes’ on a clean CR.” This was then confirmed to The Huffington Post.