Morning Round-up "Cracks Emerging" Edition

Shutdown
A look at today’s headlines shows pressure is building on Senate McConnell to bring House-passed legislation to reopen government to the Floor for a vote while discussions on border security continue. As the harmful impact of the shutdown grows, members of his conference are speaking out. Take a look:
 
CNN: Cracks emerging among Senate Republicans as Murkowski calls for end to shutdown
 
Patience is beginning to wear thin among Senate Republicans for a prolonged government shutdown, with a growing number at risk of revolting if the fight over funding President Donald Trump's border wall drags out indefinitely.”
 
In interviews with a wide range of Senate Republicans, a number have grown anxious about the long-term impact of a partial shutdown that has shuttered a quarter of the federal government and impacted hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors, including many in their states who will soon miss their first paychecks. And some GOP senators are signaling a new willingness to allow a number of key federal agencies -- such as the Treasury Department, the Transportation Department and the National Park Service -- to reopen even if the fight over the border wall is not resolved, breaking with the White House and Senate GOP leaders.”

“‘I think we can walk and chew gum,’ GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Tuesday, adding she's ‘amenable to a process that would allow for those appropriations bills that have concluded some time ago that they be enacted into law -- whether it's the Department of Interior or the IRS. I'd like to see that.’”
 
“In a warning sign for the White House, a number of Senate Republicans offered tepid support for the hard-line stance taken by Trump, who is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. While many Republicans said they'd continue to support McConnell and Trump for now, it was clear that support won't last indefinitely.”
 
“‘There's a time when that may run out,’ Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson said of support for McConnell's refusal to back spending bills that lack Trump's support.”
 
Politico: Vulnerable GOP senators feel the heat of protracted shutdown
 
“Republicans face a tooth-and-nail struggle to keep their Senate majority in 2020 under the best of circumstances. But the prolonged government shutdown has gotten them off to a rough start...”
 
“‘It hurts all of us and everybody that’s looking from the outside. They’re like: What is wrong with you? Why can’t you find a solution?’ said Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, one of the Republicans up for reelection next year.”
 
“Another, Sen. Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Homeland Security, said last week she is still pushing the president to support her legislation that would fund border security at a lower amount than the president wants. It passed her committee last year with bipartisan support.”
 
“‘A shutdown in my view is a no-win proposition,’ Capito, who is seen as a safe bet to keep her seat, said. ‘When I was going through TSA this morning coming up here [to Washington], my local TSA guys were like, “Are we going to get paid?’ It’s just a lot of unneeded stress on a lot of people.’”
 
“Polling has shown Trump taking the brunt of public blame for the shutdown. A Reuters poll this week showed more than half of respondents pinning it on the president, while one-third pointed the finger at congressional Democrats. Nearly half of respondents said they oppose funding for a border wall with Mexico.”
 
Bloomberg: Republicans Standing Behind Trump on Wall, Though Cracks Emerge
 
“…[S]olidarity was beginning to crack among Republicans from competitive states and districts as the impact of the government shutdown spread.”
 
“Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who heads the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee, said she might be able to support a stopgap bill for homeland security spending along with reopening the rest of government. She dismissed Trump’s bravado last week about potentially keeping the government shut down for ‘years.’”
 
“‘No way,’ she said.”
 
ABC News: Trump losing sway in his own GOP over government shutdown
“As President Donald Trump pushes for his border wall, his wall of Republican support is showing signs of cracking.”
 
“A bipartisan meeting at the White House Wednesday morning will be important. But the bigger moments could come when Trump and Vice President Mike Pence make their case to Senate Republicans in the afternoon, amid weariness over the wisdom of an extended government shutdown and concerns about the president's endgame.”
 
Republican moderates are already speaking out, calling for the government to be funded without the president's border wall. Senate Democrats are managing to grind business to a halt so long as the shutdown persists.”
 
Axios: 3 Republican senators want to reopen government without a border deal
 
“Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have called for the government to be reopened before more work is done on border security.”
 
“...It's getting harder for lawmakers to ignore the real consequences of a shutdown.”
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