The number of House Republicans joining Democrats on votes to reopen parts of the government grew to 12 on Thursday. On legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture, the FDA and other related agencies, 10 bucked party lines: Reps. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Will Hurd (TX-23), John Katko (NY-24), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Chris Smith (NJ-04), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Fred Upton (MI-06), Greg Walden (OR-02). On a bill that would open the Department of Transportation and HUD, they were joined by Reps. Pete King (NY-02) and Steve Stivers (OH-12), the 2018 NRCC chairman.
Davis and Stivers are the latest editions in a growing list of GOP defectors. Seven members voted with Democrats to reopen the government in the first week of January and eight voted Wednesday to reopen key agencies, including the Treasury, the judiciary, and the U.S. Postal Service. (Hotline reporting)
President Trump "on Thursday gave the strongest signal yet that he will declare a national emergency in an effort to secure billions of dollars for a border wall, as negotiations on Capitol Hill to reopen the federal government continue to flounder. ... It's one of the few options left at the table after Trump rejected the work of Senate Republicans hoping they can craft a procedural framework that would allow the government to reopen and then immediately turn to an immigration debate."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi "on Thursday wouldn’t say how Democrats would respond if Trump did declare a national emergency. But House Democrats have already started to examine what options they have, both in the courts and on Capitol Hill, according to multiple sources." (Politico)