A Republican Congressman just betrayed his party like no other Congressman has in two decades

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With Democrats prepared to seize back control of the House of Representatives tomorrow, America finally has a fighting chance against the deeply corrupt, disastrous administration it currently finds itself suffering under.

Trump has been whining nonstop about his inability to get funding for his imbecilic border wall and now that he’s lost the House there seems little chance that he’ll be able to fulfill his signature campaign promise. On top of that, he’s facing opposition from within his own party, demonstrated over the weekend by the blistering anti-Trump Op-Ed penned by incoming Republican Senator Mitt Romney.

Now, it appears disunity is spreading inside the GOP. The Washington Post reports that Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) intends to cast his vote in support of a change to House rules proposed by soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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If he follows through on the promise, he will be bucking expectations that Republicans vote along party lines on this issue. It will be the first time a House member votes in line with the opposing party on rules changes since 2001, excluding times when lawmakers voted for piecemeal elements of the other side’s changes. Reed added that he might face “consequences” from his party’s leadership over the vote.

Reed is supporting the changes because Democrats are following through on promises to support process changes that Reed himself advocated for during his time as Co-Chairman of the Problem Solvers Caucus. Said changes are reportedly focused on boosting bipartisanship and discouraging so-called “hostage-taking behavior” from the more radical elements of both parties.

“This is a step in the right direction, and I want to show that it’s time for both sides of the aisle to set aside this partisanship and start working together. I’m glad to support them,” said Reed.

While Reed cited some concerns about changes proposed by Democrats but said he would still support the measures as a “sign of good faith” towards Pelosi. Reed chose not to name those in his party who have threatened him over his decision

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“I won’t speak to that right now, because hopefully there is reconsideration of it. But it is what it is, and I recognize that some people want to continue to play us-versus-them politics, but I came to Washington to change it, and I’m willing to put my voting card where my mouth is,” said Reed.

Whether Reed’s vote defection is a fluke or a sign that Republicans might finally be turning against their incompetent leadership is unclear. At the very least, this is an encouraging sign that there are still some Republicans left who haven’t completely sold their souls to Trumpism.

Original reporting by Mike DeBonis.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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