- Apr 28, 2015
- Reaction score
- Third Coast
- Political Leaning
Colorado's Cory Gardner became the first Republican senator to break with President Donald Trump over border wall funding, saying Thursday Congress should end the 13-day-old partial government shutdown and work out differences over border security later.
Later Thursday, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she sees "no reason why the bills that are ready to go and on which we've achieved an agreement should be held hostage to this debate over border security."
Source: Denver Gazette) Sen. Cory Gardner calls on Congress to end shutdown without border deal
O.K., Gardner flipped yesterday, and Collins soon followed. That's two GOP senators down, out of four needed for the actual budget vote - to get it to the President's desk.
Others I see as possibilities:
1] McSally (AZ) - She's in a very vulnerable position, so I'd keep an eye on her.
2] Murkowski (AK) - Always a wildcard, and Collin's sidekick in matters like this.
3] Romney (UT) - A wildcard now, due to his recent op-ed & Utah's anti-Trump Republicanism.
So who else might I be missing? That might be teetering, or in a precarious position? Could this grow into a political force within the Senate? Can they reach the level for cloture? And what about Manchin? Will he be a reliable 'D' vote? It sure is getting interesting!