WHIP COUNT: Mad scramble for votes to keep government funded

Greg Nash

The House is speeding toward a Thursday vote on a $1.1 trillion package to prevent a government shutdown.

Defections in both parties are expected on the vote, which has been scheduled on the same day the current bill funding the government is set to expire.

{mosads}The legislation, known as the “cromnibus,” would fund most of the government through September, but would only fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27.

The short-term funding for Homeland Security is intended to win over Republicans who want to defund the agency to respond to President Obama’s executive actions granting legal status to up to 5 million illegal immigrants.

Many conservatives are expected to oppose the package because they don’t think it goes far enough.

A number of liberals, separately, are warning they’ll vote “no” — mostly because the bill includes last-minute changes to the Wall Street reform law.

The following is a rundown of The Hill’s constantly updated whip count. Please send tips and feedback to with subject line Whip Count.


Republicans voting against (24)

Justin Amash (Mich.) – Voted against House rule.

Michele Bachmann (Minn.) – Voted against House rule.

Joe Barton (Texas) – Won’t fund Obama’s immigration actions.

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) – In statement, says bill fails to defund Obama’s “amnesty.”

Mo Brooks (Ala.) – Thinks the House should only vote on a spending bill that defunds President Obama’s immigration action.

Dave Brat (Va.) – Voted against House rule.

Paul Broun (Ga.) – Voted against House rule.

Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) will vote “no” -“Lots of calls to the office urging a ‘no’ vote on what’s been dubbed the #Cromnibus. I will indeed be voting against this bill,” DesJarlais tweeted.

John Fleming (La.) – Said Republicans should vote now to restrict the immigration action instead of in February.

Louis Gohmert (Texas) – Voted against House rule.

Paul Gosar (Ariz.) – “Cannot support any legislation that funds the president’s unconstitutional executive order granting amnesty.”

Tim Huelskamp (Kan.)

Jim Jordan (Ohio)

Walter Jones (N.C.) — Voted against House rule.

Steve King (Iowa) – “You either defend the Constitution when the president violates it or you lose some of your ability and traction to do so later,” King said.

Raul Labrador (Idaho) – Voted against House rule.

Thomas Massie (Ky.) – Voted against House rule.

Tim Murphy (Pa.) – Said he opposes the cromnibus because of spending on mental health programs.

Ted Poe (Texas)

Bill Posey (Fla.) – Voted against House rule.

Matt Salmon (Ariz.) – Wants a spending bill that defunds the immigration action.

Steve Stockman (Texas) – Voted against House rule.

Randy Weber (Texas)

Democrats voting against (34)

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) – “If everything that I hear that’s in it is in it, no, I would not support that,” Becerra said.

Tony Cardenas (Calif.)

David Cicilline (R.I.)

Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.)

Steve Cohen (Tenn.) – Attended progressives meeting where members demanded changes.

John Conyers (Mich.) – Tweets opposition to “Wall Street giveaways.” 

Ted Deutch (Fla.)

Rosa DeLauro (Conn.)

Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

Peter DeFazio (Ore.)

Keith Ellison (Minn.) will vote “no”: Ellison tweeted that he would oppose it, saying “The #CROmnibus is a bad deal for working families, allows bad Wall Street deals, empowers wealthy donors, puts DHS in crisis.”

Joe Garcia (Fla.)

Al Green (Texas) – Opposes Dodd-Frank changes.

Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) – Voting no and urging others to do the same.

Janice Hahn (Calif.)

Steve Israel (N.Y.)

Dan Kildee (Mich.)

Barbara Lee (Calif.)

Alan Lowenthal (Calif.)- Attended progressives meeting where members demanded changes.
Stephen Lynch (Mass.)
Jim McDermott (Wash.)

Gwen Moore (Wis.) – Attended progressives meeting where members demanded changes.

Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) – Attended progressives meeting where members demanded changes.

Frank Pallone (N.J.)

Bill Pascrell (N.J.)

Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) – Democratic leader says on floor she’ll oppose the bill. But Pelosi says she isn’t telling others how to vote.

David Price (N.C.)

Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)

Adam Schiff (Calif.).- “Special interest giveaways, weakening wall street regs & empowering rich donors a no go with me,” Schiff tweeted.

Mark Takano (Calif.)

Bennie Thompson (Miss.)

Chris Van Hollen (Md.) – Opposes the riders regarding campaign finance and changes to Dodd-Frank.

Maxine Waters (Calif.) – Opposes the rider regarding Dodd-Frank.

Henry Waxman (Calif.) – “My plan right now is not to vote for it,” Waxman said.

Democrats leaning against (5)

G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) – Tells The Hill that he is leaning no.

James Clyburn (S.C.) – The assistant minority Leader indicated Wednesday morning that he would oppose the cromnibus, but later told reporters he was undecided.

Steny Hoyer (Md.) – “We’re trying to change it,” the House minority whip said of the bill Wednesday due to concerns with the campaign finance and Dodd-Frank riders. 

Rick Nolan (Minn.) – Disapproves of the Dodd-Frank rider.

Mark Pocan (Wis.) – Opposes Dodd-Frank changes.

Republicans voting in favor (6)

Tom Cole (Okla.) – Leadership ally and senior appropriator.

Devin Nunes (Calif.) – Leadership ally.

Joe Pitts (Pa.) – Tells Lancaster Online that he’ll vote for the package.

Hal Rogers (Ky.) – The House Appropriations Committee Chairman wrote the cromnibus.

Peter Roskam (Ill.) – Told MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” on Thursday that he will support the bill. 

Paul Ryan (Wis.) – Crafted the budget deal that sets spending caps for the bill.

Democrats voting in favor (1)

Jim Moran (Va.) – Senior appropriator. “It’s a damn good appropriations bill and certainly the best that you’re going to see over the next two years by far,” Moran told reporters.


Charlie Rangel (N.Y.) – Was leaning in favor but know tells reportrs he is undecided on how to vote. 


– Sarah Ferris, Mike Lillis, Peter Schroeder, Rebecca Shabad and Scott Wong contributed to this report.

Tags Adam Schiff Al Green Appropriations Budget G.K. Butterfield Gwen Moore Jim McDermott Jim Moran Joe Garcia John Fleming Justin Amash Lame-duck Congress Luis Gutierrez Mark Pocan Marsha Blackburn Matt Salmon Michele Bachmann Mo Brooks Paul Broun Paul Gosar Paul Ryan Randy Weber Steve Stockman Ted Poe Xavier Becerra

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