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:
- Scott Rigell (R-Va.)
- Pat Meehan (R-Pa.)
- Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)
- Peter King (R-N.Y.)
- Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
- Jon Runyan (R-N.J.)
- Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
- Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
- Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
- Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
- Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)
- Lou Barletta (Pa.)
- Randy Forbes (Va.)
- 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.