WH Whipping Against Reopening Government

In the “shocking to no one” category (except GOP leaders, apparently), Politico details today that Republicans are having a tough time convincing their Members that they should vote against taxpayers getting their refunds, ensuring families receive nutrition assistance, preventing families from being evicted, and allowing Americans to enjoy their national parks. Key excerpts from Politico:
Several dozen House Republicans might cross the aisle this week to vote for Democratic bills to reopen shuttered parts of the federal government, spurring the White House into a dramatic effort to stem potential GOP defections.”

“White House officials and Republican congressional leaders worry that GOP support for the shutdown is eroding, weakening President Donald Trump’s hand...”

“The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a Democratic bill designed to fund the IRS and several other agencies, the first of four bills Democrats hope will peel off Trump's GOP support in the House. ”

“The bills are designed to put pressure on GOP lawmakers to break with Trump and support re-opening the nine departments hit by the 17-day shutdown. More than 800,000 federal workers are currently not getting paid — roughly 350,000 remain on the job without pay — with their first missed paycheck coming later this week.”

“Despite the White House PR blitz, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other senior Republicans believe that ‘a significant bloc’ of House Republicans could vote with Democrats on the funding measures, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.”

“A senior House GOP aide said McCarthy and his top lieutenants believe 15 to 25 Republicans will vote with Democrats this week, possibly even more.”

“‘I think the more that you have people not getting paid, the more the stories coming out about the hardships this shutdown is creating, not just for federal workers but those who rely on federal agencies to get their work done, people are shaking their heads,’ said Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, one of seven House Republicans who voted with Democrats last week to reopen the government. ‘I think it’s a pretty unsustainable position, and I felt that early on.’”

"‘People are going to start hurting really badly,’ Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said, noting such things as looming mortgage payments for furloughed employees.”