Friday, December 13, 2013

Labrador Votes Against Budget Deal

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador voted against a bipartisan budget deal Dec. 12, but the U.S. House overwhelmingly approved the deal that avoids another government shutdown. The final House vote on the bill hammered out by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray was 332-94. The bill is expected to pass through the Democratically controlled Senate before heading to President Barack Obama who has promised to sign the measure into law.


Nearly 170 Republican Representatives, including Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson, backed the agreement, but Labrador and 61 other Republicans voted against it.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democrats in a closed meeting to "embrace the suck" of the bill, adding that Congress needs “to get this off the table so we can go forward.”


Speaker John Boehner told reporters the agreement is “not everything that we wanted, but it advances conservative policy and moves us in the right direction."



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