Several members of the House Freedom Caucus, including the chairman, say they'll vote for Price Two. The conservative caucus has been a thorn in leadership's side since its formation earlier this year, voting against party wishes during the feud to fund the Homeland Security Department.
Emerging from a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio told reporters he would vote for all three Republican plans on the floor later this week and that he supports this new process that allows all members to vote for the budget they favor. (The House will hold a series of votes on six different budgets: the one reported out of committee, a similar version that adds more money for defense, a Republican Study Committee plan, a House Democratic Caucus budget, one from the Progressive Caucus, and another from the Congressional Black Caucus.
While Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona said he prefers "Price One," he'll vote for the budget with plussed-up money for defense in the event the first one fails. Because, he said, there are other more important things to consider.
"The thing that appeals to me more than anything is how important it is to get to reconciliation," Salmon, a Freedom Caucus member, said. "I campaigned when I came back here with my heart and soul to get rid of Obamacare, and it's the one shot that we've got to get something on his desk."
And Salmon believes that many of his colleagues can get on board with the revised budget.
"There are a few that probably don't agree," he said, "but I think the vast majority of my more conservative colleagues will probably end up voting for it. That's my guess."
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., who defeated then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 primary, said he preferred Price's committee-passed budget, but that he was "probably a 'yes,' 'yes,' and 'yes' " on anything that moves Republicans toward the reconciliation process.
For many Republicans, who promised voters that a GOP Congress could deliver a budget through regular order, there is an overwhelming sense that if there was ever an issue to go along with"“even if it means allocating more money than many are comfortable with—this is it.
"I support the Budget Committee's product, but if the will of the body is to not pass that, I will support the final budget as well," said Rep. Martin Stutzman, R-Ind. "We have to have a budget."
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said passing a budget might give leadership a chance to start reversing the narrative that a Republican majority is stumbling through the legislative process rather than effectively governing. Leadership has failed to get members in line since the beginning of the year on issues from abortion legislation to the Homeland Security Department funding bill.
"There is a lot on the line this week, probably more than any other time in terms of since Republicans took the majority," Coffman said.