GOP conservatives, Tea Party freshmen balk at budget

April 15, 2011

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

A close look at the 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 measure 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 to shut down last week.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • mickeywhite says:

    Marsha Blackburn is a BIG SPENDER!
    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

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