"If you're betting, you bet that in the end they're going to take the money. The states need money and this would cover a large amount of people," Zelizer said, adding that the holdouts will face mounting opposition both within and outside of their party. "Part of it will come from moderate Republicans who don't want to have a party painted as extremists. Part of it will come from needs of the electorate because there is a great need."
People like Cox and Knight say lawmakers had better pay heed to that need.
"I feel frustrated because as a citizen because I don't feel supported by my leaders," Knight said.