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GOP centrists won't force 'clean' CR vote

House Republicans who have said they are open to supporting a “clean” government funding bill are not interested in forcing a vote on such a measure. 

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Democrats have launched a discharge petition aimed at forcing a vote on legislation that would end the government shutdown. Two hundred and eighteen signatures are required to compel a roll call, and that looks unlikely any time soon.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) has said a clean continuing resolution doesn’t have the votes to pass the House. President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) on Monday challenged BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE to prove it by scheduling a vote.

The Hill on Monday contacted the more than two dozen House Republicans who publicly favor, or who have said they would consider voting for, a clean bill. Not one said they would join forces with the Democrats. The Hill worked off a whip list that The Washington Post has compiled.

Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James Barletta10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country Trump throws support behind Barletta in Pa. Senate race GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races MORE (Pa.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Devin Nunes (Calif.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Dennis Ross (Fla.), Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanNavy chief: On scale of 1 to 10, adequate funding 'scores an 11' Va. lawmakers introduce bill to guarantee back pay for furloughed federal workers Navy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions MORE (Va.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Peter King (N.Y.) and Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinFlynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey Tea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign MORE (Ark.) clearly stated they would not sign the petition.

In an email, Griffin said, “Instead of negotiating in good faith, House Democrats are playing political games with a discharge petition. They are following the playbook of President Obama and Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, who wanted a government shutdown for political purposes.”

Simpson spokeswoman Nikki Watts said, “The answer is 'absolutely not.' ”

Barletta spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, “The congressman would not support a discharge petition. It’s parliamentary gamesmanship which stands no chance of succeeding.”

King made similar remarks over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday.”

Dent said on CNN he will not sign the discharge petition, saying the process takes too long.

But others kept the door open.

Philip Minardi, a spokesman for Rep. Erik Paulsen, said the Minnesota Republican would “consider anything that comes across his desk.”

Kori Walter, press secretary for Rep. Jim GerlachJames (Jim) GerlachFormer reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia With Trump and GOP Congress, job creators can go on offense Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (R-Pa.), said, “The congressman is focused on working with his House colleagues on a bipartisan solution to get the federal government re-open and working for taxpayers again well in advance of any discharge petition arriving on the House floor for a vote.”

These House centrists have mulled various procedural options to end the shutdown, which is now in its seventh day. If they defected on a GOP funding bill or on a rule to bring a measure to the floor, it would fail — assuming all Democrats voted "no."

House GOP leaders strongly discourage their members to sign discharge petitions, which is seen as undercutting their authority.

Republican members who had not commented at press time for this article include Reps. Rodney Davis (Ill.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAt least Alzheimer’s research is bringing Washington together Overnight Tech: Intel chief says 'no doubt' Russia will meddle in midterms | Dems press FCC over net neutrality comments | Bill aims to bridge rural-urban digital divide | FCC to review rules on children's TV Senators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide MORE (W.Va.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesTrump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary Trump likely to tap business executive to head Navy: report MORE (Va.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Pat Meehan (Pa.), Scott RigellEdward (Scott) Scott RigellGOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far MORE (Va.),  Jon Runyan (N.J.), Frank WolfFrank Rudolph WolfHouse votes to mandate sexual harassment training for members and staff Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead Bottom Line MORE (Va.), Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackCiting deficits, House GOP to take aim at entitlements Dems tee off on Trump budget House presses Senate GOP on filibuster reform MORE (Ark.) and Bill Young (Fla.).

All but three House Democrats have signed the discharge petition. The holdouts are Reps. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOur democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech MORE (Ga.), Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonTrump's budget targets affordable, reliable power Work begins on T infrastructure plan New president, new Congress, new opportunity MORE (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.).

Even if Democrats snare the required signatures soon, they would have to wait until the discharge petition ripens. That cannot happen until next week at the earliest.

—Mike Lillis, Mario Trujillo, Haley Bissegger, Patrick Mortiere and Julian Notaro contributed to this article, which was last updated at 5:01 p.m.