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AXIOS: House lawmakers float bypassing GOP hardliners

House lawmakers float bypassing GOP hardliners

Some centrist Democrats told Axios they would be open to working with Republicans to pass rule votes – similar to how 52 of them voted to save the debt ceiling deal last month after 29 Republicans voted against advancing the bill to a final vote.

Rep. Wiley Nickel (D-N.C.) said nobody has reached out to him about the idea, but "I'd certainly be open to shifting the balance of power more towards the center."

"I've always felt that if you have a group of incredibly far-right extremists who have no interest in governing, then folks in the center need to do what's right to make sure we can pass a budget and move legislation and do the peoples' business," Nickel said.