Eight House Republicans split with President Trump and party leaders and voted for a bill to reopen portions of the government on Wednesday, a slight uptick from earlier votes.
The bill was to fund the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, and was the latest in a series House Democratic bills that would reopen parts or all of the government, in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on Republicans in both chambers.
Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) joined six Republican members who’d voted for earlier Democratic bills. Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX), Greg Walden (R-OR), Fred Upton (R-MI), Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and John Katko (R-NY) and Brian Fitpatrick (R-PA) voted for the bill as well, as they had on earlier Democratic-backed bills. Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), who’d voted for one earlier funding bill, voted against this one.
The shift is pretty nominal. It’s a sign that while some House Republicans are frustrated enough to start publicly bucking Trump for his shutdown, a real groundswell to split with the president and force the government to reopen isn’t exactly building.