GOP Sens. Send Signals Of Defection, Spelling Doom For Trump’s Hard Line

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Though President Donald Trump is standing firm behind the conviction that a shutdown, however long, is worth getting his wall, Senate Republicans seem less sure.

According to a Tuesday CNN report, GOP Senators are starting to squirm under the pressure with some signaling that they want to vote on the individual spending bills for different agencies that the House passed last week.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), one of the more moderate senators, led the way on Tuesday, telling CNN that 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.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) also said that she could “live” with individual agency reopenings while the wall fight goes unresolved. “The pressure is going to build,” she told CNN.

Senators vulnerable in 2020, including Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Susan Collins (R-ME) also have expressed desire for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to allow the individual bills on the floor.

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