Nunes won't back clean CR, but Matheson will
A couple changes to our clean CR whip count:
1) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who it was reported last week supported a clean CR and has been criticizing the cast-iron conservatives who have been pushing to delay Obamacare, does not actually support a clean CR, according to his office.
“Although that has been reported in various outlets, it is not accurate – he does NOT call for a clean CR,” Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said in an e-mail.
2) Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), who was one of five Democrats who didn’t sign a letter calling for a clean CR vote, does support a clean CR, his office tells Post Politics.
The subtraction of Nunes and addition of Matheson means we are still at 217 votes for a clean CR — 21 Republicans and 196 Democrats.
Update 3:01 p.m.: Langer, Nunes’s spokesman, said his boss’s his comments about a clean CR were taken out of context. Huffington Post, which originally reported that he supported a clean CR, offers this transcript:
@AaronBlakeWP LOL. Sabrina’s Q: Would you support clean CR to avoid shutdown. Nunes: Yes
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) October 7, 2013
Update 3:54 p.m.: Langer explains that it was Nunes’s position before the shutdown, but not once the shutdown began.
“He had considered a clean CR before the shutdown, as an alternative to the shutdown and as an alternative to the Cruz strategy,” Langer said. “Since the shutdown occurred, he has supported GOP leadership and voted with them and with the House majority for all the CRs.”
Update 4:21 p.m.: Huffington Post has posted the audio of Nunes clearly saying that he would support a clean CR.