14 House Republicans now say they’d back a ‘clean’ CR (updated)

October 2, 2013

Updated 9:36 a.m..: Now 14 House Republicans are on board with a "clean" CR.

If the House passes a so-called “clean” continuing resolution and brings the shutdown to an end, it will have started in Philadelphia.

“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 local reports, Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) -- both from the Philadelphia area -- are also on-board.

That brings the number of House Republicans supporting a “clean” bill to 14, 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 14 House Republicans supporting a clean CR are:

  1. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)
  2. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.)
  3. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)
  4. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
  5. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
  6. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.)
  7. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
  8. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
  9. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
  10. Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
  11. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)
  12. Lou Barletta (Pa.)
  13. Randy Forbes (Va.)
  14. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)

Five of them — including Dent and Meehan — come 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 largely relegated to Republicans from the East Coast and California – not exactly a harbinger of the broader House Republican conference. Until it catches on in the Heartland, it won't really be a movement.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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