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

Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R) signaled support for a plan that would reopen parts of the federal government through Feb. 8, breaking with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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 Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate 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 GardnerBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren 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 ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable 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.