Katko splits with House Republicans who killed anti-shutdown resolution

U.S. Rep. John Katko broke ranks with House Republicans on Wednesday who rejected a resolution disapproving of government shutdowns as a negotiating tactic.

The House voted 249-163 to pass the resolution authored by Democrats, but the measure failed because it was brought up under a suspension of House rules and required a two-thirds majority vote.

Katko, R-Camillus, was among 21 House Republicans, most of them members of the GOP’s moderate wing, who split with the party on what amounted to a symbolic resolution.

All 228 Democrats who were present, including Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, voted to pass the measure.

House Republicans initially opposed the resolution because it contained language GOP members viewed as blaming President Donald Trump for the 35-day government shutdown that ended last week.

Democrats agreed to remove the language in the final resolution, but Republican leaders still opposed it and called the measure a “political stunt” that won’t prevent future shutdowns.

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