Carlos Curbelo was in a lonely position last week.
The Miami Republican was the only House Republican running for reelection in 2018 to vote against a short-term spending bill to keep the government open over concerns that it did not contain a solution for nearly 800,000 undocumented young immigrants known as Dreamers who could face deportation in March in Congress doesn't act.
But Curbelo is now on board after Senate moderates from both parties agreed to reopen the government, at least until Feb. 8, if Republicans hold a debate and vote on a Dreamer solution.
"So long as the government remains open it would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, healthcare and other important matters," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.
"Today’s statement by the Majority Leader (Mitch McConnell) was significant because Leadership has made a very public commitment the process will move forward in the coming weeks," Curbelo spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez said. "That said, if Feb. 8 comes around and that commitment has not been upheld, the Congressman is prepared to reconsider his support."
The federal government shut down on Friday night after Senate Democrats didn't go along with the spending proposal passed by the House.
Curbelo also voted against short-term spending bills late last year because a solution for Dreamers was not imminent.
"If I get maybe a time-certain commitment from leadership that there will be a vote, maybe I would think about saying 'Okay, that's good enough,'" Curbelo said in December.
Monday's deal met that time-certain commitment criteria, according to Curbelo's office.
Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also voted against the last week's spending bill for the same reasons as Curbelo, though she is retiring and not running for reelection in 2018.