Gardner is the first to break from the president but Senators Murkowski and Collins have also expressed frustration with the shutdown.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner plans to vote for a spending bill that would reopen the government – even without funding for President Trump’s border wall.
The Colorado lawmaker will vote for a measure that doesn’t include additional border security funding, a spokesperson told the Denver Post, noting Gardner’s opposition to government shutdowns.
The Senate is expected to vote on competing bills Thursday to end the partial government shutdown, which has been ongoing since before Christmas with Trump and Democrats at an impasse over funding for the border wall.
Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay 800,000 federal workers who are days from missing yet another paycheck. Republicans would couple ending the 34-day shutdown with $5.7 billion for Trump's border wall and revamping immigration laws. Democrats would reopen agency doors for three weeks while bargainers seek a budget accord.