9 House Republicans Break with Party to Help Democrats Pass Spending Bill

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On the backs of several lame-duck Republican members, the House on Wednesday passed a resolution to keep the federal government running until Dec. 23 in the hope of passing a massive budget bill by then.

Although the official House Republican position was to oppose the bill, nine GOP representatives supported the package, which passed 224-201, according to The Hill.

Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Chris Jacobs and John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Fred Upton of Michigan, Steve Womack of Arkansas and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania supported moving the end of the current continuing resolution that funds the government from Friday to Dec. 23, according to the roll call of votes.

Three Republicans and two Democrats did not vote on the bill.

The nine House Republicans who crossed the aisle joined all voting Democrats in backing the measure.

Seven of them – Katko, Kinzinger, Upton, Cheney, Jacobs, Gonzalez and Herrera Beutler — will not be in the new Congress.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s office had tried to rally Republicans against the proposal, according to The Hill.

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