[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/09/art.steele.gi.jpg caption="Steele has twice said he is open to supporting primary challengers to moderate Senate Republicans."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday it is transferring $1 million to both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Senate and House groups in charge of electing Republicans to Congress.
"The Republican National Committee stands by our outstanding leaders in both houses of Congress," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in a statement. "This is an investment in strong, principled Republican leadership."
That endorsement appears to represent an about-face for Steele, who has said he is open to supporting primary challengers to the three Republican senators who supported President Obama's stimulus package.
Just yesterday, Steele told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he remains open to supporting primary challenges, as long as state GOP leaders are on board.
"As I said, that is something that is absolutely on the table for me," Steele told Ingraham. "I'm not backing down from that."
NRSC Chairman John Cornyn thanked Steele for the "strong financial commitment" from the RNC.
"Strengthening and modernizing our fundraising operations is a top priority for the NRSC this cycle and this support from Chairman Steele today helps us build on a strong foundation moving forward," Cornyn said.
NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions Washington said Steele's donation will help them win the special election New York's 20th Congressional District later this month.
"He is deeply committed to rebuilding the Party in blue states, and he's putting action behind his words," Sessions said of Steele. "Not only has Chairman Steele personally been on the ground in New York twice, his staff is fully engaged and helping to make sure we have a superior grassroots turnout operation. Having worked with Michael before, I look forward to partnering with him again as we work to expand our party."
Story updated at 1:43 p.m. EST