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.”
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.