Who voted for the House short-term budget plan?

September 20, 2013

The House passed a short-term spending plan Friday morning that would continue funding government operations through mid-December and withhold funding for President Obama’s signature health-care law, the opening act in what promises to be a several-act drama over how to pay for government operations and raise the federal debt limit.


Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), top, and Reps. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), below.

So who voted for and against the stopgap spending plan? Here's a quick review:

Final tally: 230 to 189

How many Republicans voted for the bill?: 228

How many Democrats voted against the bill?: 188

How many Republicans voted against the bill?: 1

How many Democrats voted for the bill?: 2

How many lawmakers didn't vote?: 14

How many seats are vacant?: 2

Which Republican voted against the budget plan?: Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)

Which Democrats voted for the budget plan?: Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.)

Votes Notes: This vote embodies what Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) described Friday morning as "The Tom Principle," or the idea that a Republican-backed bill is so popular in the GOP conference that it can be supported by Reps. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.). Massie represents a deep-red district that meanders along the Ohio River in the ruby red state of Kentucky, making him a sure-fire GOP yes vote. But Reed represents a more purple district in a blue state, meaning he sometimes needs to buck his party.

But the spending plan approved Friday is the end result of a weeks-long push by rank-and-file Republicans to force a vote in the House and Senate about ending the health-care law. They're emboldened and united by what they heard from constituents back home, who are confused and opposed to Obamacare and want it delayed or repealed. They're also emboldened by a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that finds that Republican voters are willing to risk shutting down the government in order to shutter the law.

That's why it's no surprise that Matheson and McIntyre voted with Republicans. They are two of the most vulnerable Democrats, who won reelection by slim margins last year in super-swing districts. Their political fortunes often force them to vote with the GOP on key or controversial votes, including other budget votes and whether to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt.

Rigell's "no" vote should come as no surprise, as he's railed against the use of continuing resolutions to fund government operations since the start of his tenure. He believes that  short-term budgeting harmfully affects the economy and the U.S. military — a special concern in his district, which his home to Naval Station Norfolk. Rigell also introduced a measure this week that would have forced the House to stay in session until the completion of all 12 appropriations bills.

RELATED: VIDEO: Edsplainer: What is a continuing resolution?

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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