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GOP Sen. Collins shows support for parts of House-passed funding package

Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session Collins says running as Independent 'crossed my mind' Republicans advance Barrett's Supreme Court nomination after Democrats boycott committee vote MORE (R) signaled support for a plan that would reopen parts of the federal government through Feb. 8, breaking with President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE's hardline stance of no spending bill without $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Collins told the Boston Globe that despite the bill's lack of a provision containing funding for the wall, that Republicans should have the opportunity to vote on it while accusing Senate leadership of holding the bill "hostage" over border security.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) has vowed not to bring the bills to a vote unless he is sure the White House will support them.

"I'm not saying their whole plan is a valid plan," Collins said of a House-passed funding measure. "But I see no reason why the bills that are ready to go and on which we've achieved an agreement should be held hostage to this debate over border security," Collins said, according to the Globe.

Her comments were echoed by Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Democrats seek to block appeal of court ruling ousting Pendley, BLM land plans Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave MORE (R-Colo.), who called on the Senate to punt discussions on funding for Trump's wall until after the federal government is reopened.

"Congress needs to take further action on border security, but that work should be done when the government is fully open," Gardner said.

Gardner and Collins represent two states Trump lost in the 2016 presidential election to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBon Jovi to campaign with Biden in Pennsylvania The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden gets late boost with key union endorsement MORE, and have both called in the past for the government to be reopened while the Congress debates border security.

“It would be great to have them signed into the law because there is not great controversy over them. And at least we'd be getting those workers back to work," Collins previously said on Thursday.

Trump's battle with Congress over funding for the wall entered its 14th day on Friday, as roughly one-fourth of the federal government remains closed. The White House has threatened to veto any funding deal that does not provide roughly $5 billion for the president's wall.

The president met with congressional leaders this week ahead of Thursday's takeover of the House by the incoming Democratic majority, but no progress on a deal to reopen the government has been reported.