Tuesday, January 29, 2019

NEW: Rep. Gosar, Freedom Caucus Stage Protest Vote In Attempt To Shutdown House - Over Anti-Shutdown Resolution

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) moved to adjourn the House today, in order to "allow for discussion on Democrats' resolution attacking @POTUS". The protest motion garnered 14 votes from Freedom Caucus members, and the House will proceed to vote tomorrow on a resolution that says that government shutdowns are bad.

Gosar and others took umbrage at a resolution (text below) that recites a litany of gripes about the recently-ended partial government shutdown and would put Representatives on record as opposing any new shutdowns in the coming weeks. Suddenly, during the lunch hour, Gosar introduced a motion to adjourn the House, and the House had to give members more than 30 minutes to hustle over to the Floor to cast votes.

Following the 14-395 vote - in which Gosar was joined by Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD5) - Gosar tweeted that "We are done with Democrats playing games with our border security. Today, I called for a motion to adjourn to allow for discussion on Democrats’ resolution attacking @POTUS on border security."

Gosar's office did not respond to Arizona's Politics' request for further explanation, but Politico reported this evening that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) did later agree to remove some of the paragraphs blaming President Trump's "insistence that appropriations for particular items be provided at his preferred levels" for the longest shutdown in government history.

A new version of the resolution is not yet posted online, but Hoyer's office is indicating that the amended resolution will be voted on tomorrow morning. As Politico's article notes, the Democraatic leadership is attempting to put Republicans on the spot about future shutdowns.

Gosar and two other Freedom Caucus members conducted a Facebook Live session this evening.

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