Government shutdown: Where the senators stand

Now that the House has passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday, the Senate will need 60 votes to move it forwar...

Posted: Jan 20, 2018 2:42 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2018 2:42 PM

Now that the House has passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday, the Senate will need 60 votes to move it forward.

It's a difficult task for Republicans, who only number 51 in the Senate -- and not all of them are going to vote for the bill. Even if they did, they'd still need another nine Democrats to reach the magic number of 60.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 60 votes

There are only 51 Republicans in the chamber

Here's a breakdown of the Republican "no" votes and where Democrats stand.

REPUBLICANS VOTING NO ON HOUSE VERSION

Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) -- "I'm not going to vote for a CR." (Wednesday, to reporters)

Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky) -- He said he's voting no. (Thursday to reporters)

DEMOCRATS YES OR LIKELY VOTING YES

Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia) -- "I want to keep the government open. I'm just going to work and work and work to keep the government open." (Wednesday to reporters)

Sen. Joe Donnelly (Indiana) - "Keeping the government running is our job, and I will vote to keep the government running. I hope that Republicans and Democrats will join together to reach an agreement and avoid a shutdown. We still have that opportunity to prevent a shutdown, and I stand ready to work with anyone." (Friday in a statement)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) -- "My vote to keep the government open is not an endorsement for a bill that just kicks the can down the road another few weeks ... In fact, it will be the fourth time Congress has punted in five months. Congress has become equivalent to Groundhog Day -- the same thing just keeps happening over and over every few weeks without a new result." (Friday in a statement)

DEMOCRATS LEANING NO

Sen. Michel Bennet (Colorado) -- "I'm very, very unlikely to support that." (Thursday, to reporters)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) -- "I'm joining Republicans and Democrats who are calling on Leader McConnell to keep the government open with a clean CR for a few days and allow us to pass a solution that gives Ohio businesses, military installations and families the certainty they deserve." (Friday on Twitter)

Sen. Patty Murray (Washington) -- "There is absolutely no reason for the Republicans who control government to shut it down, and I am hoping they reverse course and work with us-today-to prevent that." (Friday on Twitter)

Sen. Chris Murphy (Connecticut) -- "Yet another CR, kicking the can down the road, hanging the military and millions of Americans out to dry, is an abdication of our responsibility to govern like adults." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (New York) -- "Letting this ambivalence and chaos continue for another month is just not the answer. It's not a good way to get a deal, and it's not the right way to run our country, our dear, beloved country." (Thursday on the Senate floor)

Sen. Tina Smith (Minnesota) -- "Our great country cannot be run a month at a time. These short-term budget fixes don't really fix anything, and we need to get to the negotiating table and come to an agreement on issues that I think, in most part, we already have agreement on." (Friday on CNN's "New Day")

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) -- "Everything Democrats want is bipartisan; why not work with us? Ultimatum after ultimatum from Rs, and not one vote yet in regular legislative order on any Democratic amendment on any bill." (Thursday on Twitter)

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) -- "I'll vote against a short-term spending bill, the fourth in as many months, because it simply kicks the can down the road." (Wednesday on CNN's "New Day")

Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey) -- "I will vote against a clean CR if it does not include DACA, a fix to some of the other things that are high priorities to me. Why are we kicking the can down the road?" (Tuesday)

Sen. Ben Cardin (Maryland) -- "I don't think we should have any CRs. We should have a budget. Why are we doing a CR? Is something going to change in the next four weeks that I don't know about? We should have a budget." (Thursday to reporters)

Sen. Tom Carper (Delaware) -- He will vote no, according to a spokeswoman.

Sen. Bob Casey (Pennsylvania) -- "It's time to pass a funding agreement that will help the middle class, not a bad deal cooked up by Washington Republicans and special interests." (Thursday in a statement)

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada) -- ".@realDonaldTrump created a crisis on #DACA and destroyed a bipartisan solution. #Dreamers belong here. I will vote NO on this spending bill because it does not put them on a pathway to citizenship." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Chris Coons (Delaware) -- "This bill avoids solving our months-overdue challenge of adequately funding our military, which is already stretched too thin, and providing a balanced overall plan for spending. This one-month temporary patch ignores the fact that Florida, Texas, California, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still in desperate need of relief from natural disasters that happened months ago now. It leaves unfunded Community Health Centers that thousands of Delawareans rely on for basic health needs. Finally, this bill effectively tells Dreamers, whom President Trump has arbitrarily sentenced to deportation beginning on March 5, that this country doesn't want them here. Failing to address all these issues is no way to run a country, and I will not support it." (Thursday in a statement)

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) -- She will vote no, according to a spokesman.

Sen. Dick Durbin (Illinois) -- "Unless we pass the #DreamAct, I won't support another short-term funding bill. Our Dreamers have waited far too long for a chance to be a part of this country's future." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) -- "Protecting Dreamers is a moral imperative. I will not vote for a spending bill that doesn't treat Dreamers fairly." (Wednesday on Twitter)

Sen. Kamala Harris (California) -- She has said she'll vote against it.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire) -- "I will join my colleagues -- both Republicans and Democrats -- in opposing this four-week funding bill, and I will continue working for common-sense compromises that bring our cocuntry the security and stability we need."

Sen. Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) -- "Members on both sides of the aisle have been working to reach agreement and meet our basic responsibilities, including veterans funding, disaster relief, and finally passing the Dream Act, but President Trump and his right-wing supporters in Congress seem intent on steering the country off a funding cliff. Their latest 30-day spending bill leaves bipartisan, must-pass priorities to languish and creates another unnecessary deadline that fails to fully fund our military and other key investments and only spreads chaos once again." (Wednesday)

Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) -- "I will be voting no on the House CR because it does not include protections for Dreamers, funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers, and parity between defense and domestic spending." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Tim Kaine (Virginia) -- "We oppose the House continuing resolution, which punts budget discussions until mid-February. Congress should remain in session with no recess until we work out a long-term bipartisan budget deal that addresses all issues." (Thursday in a statement)

Sen. Angus King (Maine) -- "I'm sick of voting for CRs ... We have to close this escape hatch and stop voting for CRs and tell leadership they have to make their deals and then we will get it done. I'd vote for one for a few days to do the paperwork, but to kick it down the road for another month, we're not going to know anything then that we don't know now." (Thursday on CNN's "New Day")

Sen. Pat Leahy (Vermont) -- "The House bill is a joke, and it does not have my support. It leaves too much undone, and what it attempts to address is woefully inadequate." (Thursday in a statement)

Sen. Ed Markey (Massachusetts) -- "The Republicans in the House put their bill together ... without having any Democrats in the room ... so they are sending it over to the Senate with the expectation that the Democrats in the Senate are going to vote for a bill that they were never included in the negotiation, so of course we are not going to vote for it. That's not the way the Constitution intends on Congress to vote." (Thursday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront")

Sen. Bob Menendez (New Jersey) -- "That is absurd. I introduced bipartisan legislation FOUR months ago to fund #CHIP for five years - you ignored it and now have the gall to blame me?? Your CR damages our military (even the @ChiefPentSpox says) and underfunds the opioid fight and healthcare. I can't vote for that." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Jeff Merkley (Oregon) -- He said the plan doesn't address Dreamers (Thursday to CNN)

Sen. Gary Peters (Michigan) -- "I am encouraged that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have expressed a willingness to negotiate bipartisan solutions to these pressing issues. I would support a continuing resolution that keeps the government open and allows several more days to reach a long-term budget agreement, but I cannot vote for a CR that only perpetuates this broken budget process." (Friday in a statement)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) -- "Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. They have to pass an annual budget, not more one-month continuing resolutions. We need a bipartisan solution to the economic crises facing the middle class, to the DACA crisis that Trump created and to disaster relief." (Wednesday on Twitter)

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) -- "I'm a NO. This is not the way to govern. There is a bipartisan agreement which could fund essential services for Americans, help the dreamers, fund CHIP, and avoid a catastrophe. After this gambit fails we should vote on that." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) ---"I will vote no on the House CR. This is no way to run a government. Time to keep our promises. Congress must fund a response to the opioid epidemic, children's health care, community health centers, end the defense sequester & fix DACA. These short-term bills hurt our country." (Wednesday on Twitter)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) -- "She is focused on working with Republicans and Democrats to reach a long-term solution on government funding and believes that kicking the can down the road is hurting Michigan and is no way to do business," a spokeswoman said.

Sen. Jon Tester (Montana) -- "These short-term Band-Aid budget deals aren't acceptable and cost taxpayers money. Enough is enough. We need a long-term budget deal that works for Montana." (Twitter on Thursday)

Sen. Tom Udall (New Mexico) -- "The Republicans' bill is irresponsible, and l can't support it. We need to stop kicking the can down the road, vote on a bipartisan Dream Act, and work together on a responsible bipartisan budget agreement that adequately funds our national security and the needs of our communities -- in New Mexico and across the nation. So President Trump and the Republicans have a choice: They can either come to the table and negotiate in good faith on a responsible funding agreement and protection for Dreamers -- or they can cause a government shutdown." (Wednesday)

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) -- "We could avoid a government shutdown by sitting down and coming to an agreement that would get the support of a majority of both sides. That's what we should have been working on last year, instead of rushing through the Trump-Republican tax scam." (Thursday on Twitter)

Sen. Mark Warner (Virginia) -- "We oppose the House continuing resolution, which punts budget discussions until mid-February." (Thursday in a statement)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) -- She has said she won't vote for a bill without a DACA solution.

Sen. Ron Wyden (Oregon) -- "There is a bipartisan solution on DACA and many other important issues before Congress including funding for Secure Rural Schools, deadly wildfires and other natural disasters. Instead, congressional Republicans chose a partisan giveaway of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for multinational corporations that leaves 13 million Americans uninsured." (Wednesday in a statement)

UNCLEAR -- BUT EITHER VOTED YES IN DECEMBER OR ARE NEW TO SENATE

Sen. Doug Jones (Alabama) -- "Still working, still trying to figure it all out. My concern is another CR -- that's no way to run the government." (Thursday to reporters)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (Missouri)

Sen. Bill Nelson (Florida)

UNCLEAR (BUT VOTED NO IN DECEMBER)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (Washington)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (California) -- She told CNN on Thursday afternoon that she had not made up her mind yet. "I don't know how I would vote right now on a CR, OK?" However, her office earlier in the day put out a statement saying she would oppose it. "I said in December that I wouldn't vote for a CR without the Dream Act, and I won't do so now."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)

Sen. Jack Reed (Rhode Island)

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