House Republicans are taking a victory lap around Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bills to pressure China amid Olympic boycott House passes bill to strengthen shipping supply chain Overnight Defense & National Security — Biden: US troops to Ukraine 'not on the table' MORE (D-Calif.) after GOP lawmakers passed a funding bill that would provide $5 billion for President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE's proposed border wall.
“Nancy Pelosi learned two things today," Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerCawthorn 'likely' violated rules by bringing candidate on House floor Perilous Pennsylvania, Trump's non-strategy takes another hit Trump moves to boost Ted Budd in North Carolina Senate race MORE (R-N.C.) said in a statement Thursday night. "First, it’s not 2009 anymore. Second, hubris is not the same as leadership – you don’t get to march into the Oval Office and dictate your demands without compromise."
Pelosi clashed with Trump last week in a tense, televised Oval Office meeting, where she bickered with him over whether Republicans could muster the votes to pass a border wall bill in the House.
"The fact is you do not have the votes in the House," Pelosi told Trump.
"Nancy, I do," he responded, to which Pelosi replied, "Well, let's take the vote and we'll find out."
The House approved a stopgap funding measure on Thursday night that includes $5.7 billion in funding for the wall. The bill passed in a party-line vote of 217-185.
Rep. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeHouse sets up Senate shutdown showdown House passes giant social policy and climate measure Congress needs to act on the social determinants of health MORE (R-Okla.) said the bill's passage was a setback for Pelosi, who is expected to become Speaker in January.
"I think she may be a good vote-counter, but not on our side of the aisle," Cole said.
After Pelosi's public challenge to Trump, some Republicans said they felt it was politically imperative to prove her wrong.
"I think a lot of folks thought she was bluffing, but we needed to prove it, and us proving it is a good step," said Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm If Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE (R-Texas).
House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' House sets up Senate shutdown showdown GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots MORE (R-La.) said Friday that the vote was a show of force to Pelosi on behalf of Trump.
"We just gave him serious leverage in whatever negotiations he is going to have with the Senate," Scalise told Fox News. "They have to confront this issue knowing that we have the president’s back in the House."
Scalise's press secretary, Lauren Fine, circulated a note Thursday night touting that just eight Republicans had voted against the border wall funding measure.
"I know things move fast around here, but wanted to remind you all that it was not too long ago that Nancy Pelosi claimed we would never be able pass $5 billion in funding for the wall with Republican votes in the House," Fine wrote.
The bill's passage was far from a foregone conclusion, and a victory for Scalise's whipping operation. GOP leadership last week was unable to secure enough votes to pass a $5 billion wall bill. They opted not to bring the bill to the floor last week, as they were bedeviled by absent members and moderates who oppose a wall.
Trump signaled earlier this week that he was stepping back from his initial demands and suggested he would accept a short-term stopgap measure to prevent a shutdown. But on Thursday morning GOP conservatives rebelled against passing a bill without border wall funding.
Trump did an about-face, saying on Twitter that he was now demanding wall funding. He also threatened again to shut down the government if Congress did not provide funds for a wall. Republicans settled on a plan to add $5.7 billion in wall funding and border security to the Senate-passed bill and take a vote.
Suddenly, it was Democrats who found themselves scrambling for votes, with several of their own members out of town. For example, Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHomicide Victims' Families' Rights Act will renew our commitment to support crime victims GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back MORE (D-Calif.), a potential 2020 contender, was in Iowa when the vote took place.
"There was a point today where 45 were gone," said Rep. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealGOP fears boomerang as threat of government shutdown grows House passes giant social policy and climate measure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (D-Mass.), the likely incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
During morning votes, both parties had 26 members absent. By evening, Democrats had 20 missing, while the GOP was without 11. Even if all the absent Democrats voted against the resolution, they would not have been able to sink the bill.
Democrats have defended Pelosi, saying that at the time she issued the challenge to Trump last week it was true that Republicans didn't have the votes. The showdown seemed to persuade many Republicans who opposed the wall to end up voting for the measure in a sign of solidarity.
"It led Republicans to vote for a policy that, you understand, they hadn't put on the floor for 11 months and 20 days," said Democratic Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPressley offering measure condemning Boebert The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - New vaccine mandate in NYC; Biden-Putin showdown On The Money — Build Back Better takes a 'Byrd Bath' MORE (Md.). "They didn't put it on the floor because they didn't think they could pass it."
"I think they got the votes because it became a political show of ability to do it, not because it's good policy," he added.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, shot back at Walker's comments about it not being 2009 anymore.
".@RepMarkWalker learned nothing today. First, it’s not 1950 anymore and women will lead the next Congress. Second, your vote for a #TrumpShutdown plan doesn’t show leadership but that you are hopelessly wedded to driving your party into oblivion. Good luck in the minority," he tweeted.