If the House passes a so-called “clean” continuing resolution and brings the shutdown to an end, it will have started in Philadelphia.
According to local reports, two more Philadelphia-area members of Congress have said they would vote for a clean CR.
“Enough is enough. Put a clean (continuing resolution) on the floor and let’s get on with the business we were sent to do,” Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) said, according to the Burlington County Times.
And according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) is also on board.
That brings the number of House Republicans supporting a “clean” bill to seven, by our count. In theory, a clean bill could pass with just 17 Republican votes if all 200 Democrats in the House voted in favor of it and a vote were to take place.
The seven Republicans who have said they support a “clean” CR are: Reps. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Runyan and Fitzpatrick.
Four of them — including Dent and Meehan — comes from the Philadelphia area.
“I came to DC to fix gov’t, not shut it down. It’s time for House to vote for a clean, short-term funding bill to bring Senate to the table,” Meehan tweeted.
Supporters of a clean CR are so far relegated to Republicans from the Northeast and California – not exactly a harbinger of the broader House Republican conference. And there aren’t many more Republicans in the Northeast.
Update 3:56 p.m.: This post initially included Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) as a supporter of a “clean” CR. He has not taken a firm position yet.