Republican-backed sequestration alternative passes — barely

December 20, 2012

 A Republican-backed plan to divert some defense spending cuts to domestic programs passed by a narrow margin Thursday evening, perhaps an ominous sign for Republicans hoping to pass House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise taxes on millionaires later in the evening.

 The bill passed 215 to 209, with one member, Rep. Bob Bishop (R-Utah), voting present.

 The measure passed despite warnings earlier Thursday from the conservative Club for Growth, which voiced strong opposition to the plan. The anti-tax group said it opposed the bill because “House leaders are refusing to make all of the necessary spending cuts now and instead are promising to make the cuts in a future Congress.”

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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