ByÂ Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
A close look at theÂ final U.S. House vote on the 2011 budget deal shows dozens of GOP conservatives and Tea Party-backed freshmen opposed the measure, underscoring the challenge that lies ahead as President Obama tries to raise the nation’sdebt ceiling.
The measureÂ passed only after 81 Democrats sided with 179 Republicans to vote “yes” on the agreement, which averted a government shutdown last week and cuts spending by $38 billion over the next six months.
House Speaker John Boehner urged his GOP majority to back the legislation, even though it did not reach the party’s goal of cutting $100 billion in federal spending.
“I have to vote ‘no’ because I was sent here to change the way this town does business,” said freshman Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. “And this bill contains too much business as usual.”
Standing out among the 59 GOP “no” votes were 2012 presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Ron Paul, R-Texas; Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and veteran lawmakers Joe Barton of Texas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
USA TODAY’s Gregory Korte notes that 70% of the GOP freshman class voted to support the budget deal.
In all, there were about two dozen freshmen — including South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney, Idaho’s Raul Labrador and Florida’s Allen West — who did not back the budget deal. Many in this group were elected in November with the support of the Tea Party movement, which has made cutting federal spending and reducing deficits its major cause.
A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken found a majority of Americans approved of the deal, reached hours before the federal government was scheduled toÂ shut down last week.
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