ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:
When the House of Representatives passed its second short-term continuing resolution on March 15, 54 Republicans bucked the House GOP leadership and voted against the stop-gap measure even though it cut $6 billion over three weeks. The Republican backlash could have been enough to shut down the government had it not been for the support of 85 House Democrats.
It was the second continuing resolution to pass and President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner all agreed that they were finished negotiating short-term CR’s. The leaders said it was irresponsible to fund the government incrementally and imperative to strike a deal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. The message was clear: no more short-term CRs.
While the trio reached an agreement on a long-term solution Friday night, they were unable to get it done without enacting another short-term CR.
Rather than face a government shutdown, the House and Senate passed a five-day “bridge” continuing resolution so the gentlemen’s 11th hour agreement could be put into legislative language.
This time around just 28 House Republicans – including 17 freshmen – voted against the so-called Bridge CR.
On one hand, 30 House Republicans decided to drop their opposition to vote with the GOP Conference this time around. On the other hand, four members (including three freshmen) flipped from supporting the last short-term CR to opposing it Saturday morning.
One of the freshmen who decided he could no longer support stop-gap measures was Rep. Tim Scott, one of two freshmen lawmakers with a seat at the GOP’s leadership table.
“There is no enthusiasm for a shutdown, but if a shutdown is what it takes to get spending under control, then that is what we have to do. We must get our fiscal house in order,” Scott, R-South Carolina, said on the House floor April 6. “We are faced with a clear-cut choice. We can continue to ‘kick the can down the road,’ allowing our deficit to increase and hasten the bankruptcy of our country; or we can make the difficult choice to take a stand to preserve our future, even if that involves a potential shutdown of our government.”
On March 15, at least three House lawmakers with aspirations to launch campaigns for the Senate. Reps. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Denny Rehberg, R-Montana, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. All three flipped their no votes to support passage early Saturday morning.
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., who is weighing a campaign for governor of the Hoosier State, also voted against the March 15 CR. Pence had appeared at a Tea Party rally March 31, saying "If liberals in the Senate would rather play political games and shut down the government instead of making a small down payment on fiscal discipline and reform I say, shut it down.” But in the end, he ultimately dropped his opposition to support the CR this time around.
Finally, two possible contenders for the GOP nomination to challenge President Obama in 2012 – Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, voted against the short-term CR March 15. Since then, Bachmann appeared at multiple Tea Party rallies continuing her call to shut down the government, and backed it up with her vote against the bill. Paul did not even bother voting on the bridge CR at 12:40 A.M. Saturday morning.
The bridge CR runs out at 11:59:59 P.M on Friday night, but it affords legislators time to debate the deal on the House and Senate floor while meeting the Republicans’ rule to post a bill online for three days before a vote. A final vote on passage is expected in the House Wednesday and shortly thereafter in the Senate.
Here’s the full list of 28 House Republicans who voted against the Bridge CR early Saturday morning.
*Bold indicates Freshman member; $ indicates Member who flipped vote from “Yea” on March 15 short-term CR to “Nay” on April 9 Bridge CR.
Justin Amash (Michigan)
Michele Bachmann (Minnesota)
Joe Barton (Texas)
$ Paul Broun (Georgia)
$ Francisco Canseco (Texas)
Steve Chabot (Ohio)
Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Jeff Duncan (South Carolina)
Louie Gohmert (Texas)
Trey Gowdy (South Carolina)
Tom Graves (Georgia)
Andy Harris (Maryland)
Tim Huelskamp (Kansas)
Tim Johnson (Illinois)
Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Steve King (Iowa)
Raul Labrador (Idaho)
Billy Long (Missouri)
Connie Mack (Florida)
Thaddeus McCotter (Michigan)
Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina)
$ Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)
Steve Pearce (New Mexico)
Scott Rigell (Virginia)
$ Tim Scott (South Carolina)
Steve Southerland (Florida)
Joe Walsh (Illinois)
Joe Wilson (South Carolina)