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

Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRomney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Susan Collins signals she won't campaign against Biden Graham challenger Harrison raises record-shattering .9 million for SC Senate bid MORE (R) signaled support for a plan that would reopen parts of the federal government through Feb. 8, breaking with President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' 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 McConnellClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill McGrath campaign staffers to join union Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention 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 GardnerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court orders Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down | Energy companies cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline | House rejects Trump cuts, proposes boost for environmental agencies Senate outlook slides for GOP Trump nominee faces Senate hurdles to securing public lands post 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 ClintonSusan Collins signals she won't campaign against Biden Cuccinelli says rule forcing international students to return home will 'encourage schools to reopen' Clinton labels ICE decision on international students 'cruel' and 'unnecessary' 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.