January 19, 2018 / 11:35 PM / in 5 months

Democratic Senator Heitkamp says she will vote for funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp said on Friday she would vote for a stopgap government funding bill, joining two other senators who have bucked their party and said they would support a Republican-backed bill to keep the government open.

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) talks to reporters as she arrives for the weekly Democratic party caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“My vote to keep the government open is not an endorsement for a bill that just kicks the can down the road another few weeks,” said Heitkamp, a senator from North Dakota, in a statement. “I want to find a long term solution to keep the government operating.”

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Eric Beech

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