Budget vote in House brings together disparate partisans
December 12, 2013 — 10:21pm
Thursday’s 332-94 House vote on a compromise federal budget plan to avert another government shutdown produced a rare bipartisan convergence on both sides of the question.
Two Minnesota Republicans, Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen, voted yes along with DFL Reps. Collin Peterson, Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Rick Nolan.
Voting no were liberal Democrat Keith Ellison and conservative Republican Michele Bachmann.
Naturally, the misgivings among the naysayers reflected opposing priorities. Ellison said the compromise “compromises the financial security of federal employees, the long-term unemployed and working families.”
Bachmann said the deal “is too far removed from the balanced budget that the American people deserve.”
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."