Funding Bill No Votes: Facts and Figures
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Thursday that the 2011 government funding bill, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, would pass with "a bipartisan majority." It did by a vote of 260-167, but 59 members of Boehner's party dissed the deal he made with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the White House Friday night.
Who were they?
The Republican no votes were divided about equally between 28 freshmen and 31 non-freshmen. That means that 59 first-timers went along with the Speaker to pass the bill.
Eighteen Republicans who voted in favor of a 3 week CR in March opposed this plan. One of them, freshman Rep. Dave Schweikert, R-Ariz., said that while he appreciated the work that went into creating a compromise bill the final product fell short, "by a long shot."
"I know this is a huge cultural change," Schweikert said, "but I'm brand new. I'm not part of the spend, spend, and keep spending culture." He added that the fight over the 2011 budget will serve notice to the Democratically-controlled Senate that future government funding bills will also require cuts.
Twelve Republicans went the other way, going from no in March to yes in April.
Five House Appropriations Committee Members voted against the final product. This is unusual because members of the committee that decides how Congress doles out the dough almost always agree with the final product. Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., all decided that this year's spreadsheet didn't work for them.
Two Republican Senate hopefuls voted against the deal: Flake, who is hoping to win the seat held by retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, and Dean Heller, R-Nev.
Makers of political advertisements in the Battle Born State could have a field day with Thursday's vote. Heller is attempting to win the seat held by retiring Republican US Sen. John Ensign. So is Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, who voted in favor of the CR. The primary spots write themselves. Queue ominous voice over: "Republican Dean Heller voted with Nancy Pelosi to oppose funding for our troops." OR "Shelley Berkley sided with the Republicans to rip a hole in our nation's social safety net."