The Republicans who nearly derailed the THUD bill
© Greg Nash

A diverse coalition of hard-line conservatives and centrist Republicans came together late Tuesday night to nearly deprive the annual 2016 spending bill for transportation and housing programs of the votes to pass.

The measure came close to failing on the House floor in a razor-thin 216-210 vote that could have delivered a blow to GOP leaders. 

The $55.3 billion measure contains cuts to Amtrak as well as the D.C. Metro system that many centrists opposed. Rep. Bold Dold (R-Ill.), a top Democratic target who represents suburbs outside Chicago, tried and failed to increase funding for Amtrak. He ultimately voted against the bill.


Similarly, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who represents a northern Virginia district near Washington, D.C., cosponsored an amendment to restore funds for the capital's subway system. That amendment was ultimately struck down on a point of order because it lacked offsets. Like Dold, Comstock voted against the underlying legislation.

Heritage Action, an influential conservative group, issued a key vote this week against the bill, arguing it contained too much funding for infrastucture projects. Many of the House's staunchest conservative lawmakers joined the centrists in opposing the bill, including Reps. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksRepublican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Trump takes pulse of GOP on Alabama Senate race MORE (Ala.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse Natural Resources gives Grijalva power to subpoena Interior Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel Sheila Jackson Lee tops colleagues in House floor speaking days over past decade MORE (Texas), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans New Qatari prime minister means new opportunities Why Mitt Romney's courageous vote to convict Trump matters MORE (Ariz.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.).

Just three Democrats, all of whom are centrists, voted for the bill: Reps. Brad Ashford (Neb.), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Gwen Graham (Fla.).

Below is a list of the 31 Republicans who voted against the legislation:

1. Justin AmashJustin AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (Mich.)

2. Mo Brooks (Ala.)

3. Ken Buck (Colo.)

4. Buddy Carter (Ga.)

5. Barbara Comstock (Va.)

6. Ryan Costello (Pa.)

7. Bob Dold (Ill.)

8. Dan Donovan (N.Y.)

9. Michael FitzpatrickMichael (Mike) G. FitzpatrickFormer Pennsylvania Rep. Fitzpatrick dead at 56 Pelosi: Mexico should not worry about Trump House lawmakers ask for answers on cooked ISIS intel allegations MORE (Pa.)

10. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (Ariz.)

11. Chris Gibson (N.Y.)

12. Louie Gohmert (Texas)

13. Paul Gosar (Ariz.)

14. Jody Hice (Ga.)

15. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.)

16. Walter Jones (N.C.)

17. John Katko (N.Y.)

18. Peter King (N.Y.)

19. Doug Lamborn (Colo.)

20. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisCheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Liz Cheney decides against Senate bid in Wyoming Liz Cheney leads GOP field by 20 points in potential Wyoming Senate race: poll MORE (Wyo.)

21. Thomas Massie (Ky.)

22. Tom McClintock (Calif.)

23. Martha McSally (Ariz.)

24. Patrick Meehan (Pa.)

25. Joe Pitts (Pa.)

26. Bill Posey (Fla.)

27. John Ratcliffe (Texas)

28. Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.)

29. Mark Sanford (S.C.)

30. Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Bring back equitable access for the Digital Age: Congress must act House votes to impeach Trump MORE (Wis.)

31. Chris Smith (N.J.)