GOP senator flips on House funding plan

GOP senator flips on House funding plan
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Sen. Mike RoundsMike RoundsGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate White House cyber chief backs new federal bureau to track threats Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division MORE (S.D.), one of three GOP senators opposed to the House government funding bill, said Thursday night that he will support the legislation after cutting a deal on defense spending.
 
"I will vote for CR cloture because we're moving to regular order on the defense appropriations bill," Rounds said on his way out of the Capitol, referring to the stopgap funding measure known as a continuing resolution, or CR.
 
Rounds added that he had been able to get a deal "and part of the deal is we're going to move to regular order on the defense appropriations bill."
 
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The decision is a reversal from Thursday morning when Rounds said he could not support the House bill in its "current form."
 
 
Rounds added that additionally there is a deal that the Senate will take up military spending within at least a month. 
 
"We have an agreement here with leadership that we will take it up within four weeks, if not sooner," he said. 
 
In addition to Rounds, GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Graham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate MORE (S.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries Up next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (Ky.) have said they will oppose the House plan. Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThis week: Senate starts infrastructure sprint Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet MORE (R-Utah) also voted against taking up the bill on Thursday.
 
It's unclear if leadership has managed to flip any other GOP senators. Though Paul and Lee are perennial "no" votes, Graham had pointed to a continuing resolution's impact on the military as one reason he was opposing the House bill. 
 
 
But a Senate Democratic aide said earlier Thursday that the caucus has the votes to kill the bill, as they angle to get Republicans back to the negotiating table on a myriad of issues including health care and immigration.