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.”
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.