Jan 10, 2019

12 House Republicans break with Trump to reopen government

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The House approved two appropriations bill Thursday to reopen the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and other agencies.

Why it matters: 12 Republicans broke with GOP leadership and President Trump to fund HUD and the Department of Transportation, while 10 voted to approve the agriculture appropriations bill. On Wednesday, only eight House Republicans voted to reopen the government, suggesting that pressure is mounting on the GOP to do something to end the 20-day stalemate.

  • The agriculture measure would help fund the government's food stamp program (SNAP) and the FDA, which has suspended routine inspections of food because of the shutdown.
  • Neither of the two bills are likely to pass the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't bring a vote on any package that won't be supported by Trump.

The 12 Republicans who voted to reopen HUD/Transportation:

  • Rodney Davis (Ill.)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.)
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.)
  • Will Hurd (Tex.)
  • John Katko (N.Y.)
  • Peter King (N.Y.)
  • Adam Kinzinger (Il.)
  • Chris Smith (N.J.)
  • Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)
  • Steve Stivers (Ohio)
  • Fred Upton (Mich.)
  • Greg Walden (Ore.)

Go deeper: 3 Republican senators want to reopen government without a border deal

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Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.