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.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt Boehner: 'Thank God' I wasn't in the middle of election 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 ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Emanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 Feinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss MORE (D-Nev.) on Monday challenged BoehnerJohn BoehnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt Boehner: 'Thank God' I wasn't in the middle of election 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 BarlettaLou BarlettaOvernight Finance: Trump expected to pick Steven Mnuchin for Treasury | Budget chair up for grabs | Trump team gets deal on Carrier jobs Barletta talks with Trump about Labor secretary job Trump to name Elaine Chao Transportation secretary MORE (Pa.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Devin Nunes (Calif.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Dennis Ross (Fla.), Rob WittmanRob WittmanVA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat Virginia governor contenders ready for battle House GOP defense policy bill conferees named MORE (Va.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Peter King (N.Y.) and Tim GriffinTim GriffinTea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign Lawmakers seek Purple Heart for victims of Little Rock shooting 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 GerlachJim GerlachBig names free to lobby in 2016 Ex-Rep. Gerlach ditches K St. in return to campaign world Ex-Sen. Pryor heading to K Street 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 Moore CapitoRepublicans want to grease tracks for Trump Republicans face divisions over ObamaCare repeal High out-of-pocket prescription drug cost: the patient perspective MORE (W.Va.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Randy ForbesRandy ForbesHouse stays Republican as GOP limits losses 78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (Va.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Pat Meehan (Pa.), Scott RigellScott 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 WolfBottom Line 10 most expensive House races Benghazi Report and Hillary: What it means for Philadelphia MORE (Va.), Steve WomackSteve WomackTrump tweets about flag burning, setting off a battle Students across the country spend their 'summer recess' getting involved in politics After the balloons have fallen MORE (Ark.) and Bill Young (Fla.).
All but three House Democrats have signed the discharge petition. The holdouts are Reps. John BarrowJohn BarrowDem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech The best and the worst of the midterms MORE (Ga.), Jim MathesonJim MathesonNew president, new Congress, new opportunity First black GOP woman in Congress wins reelection Lobbying world 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.