Looks like Virginia’s freshmen Republicans got the message.
Both before and after a spending deal was struck between President Obama and congressional leaders, tea party activists and other conservatives in Virginia warned the state’s three freshmen lawmakers — GOP Reps. Morgan Grffith, Robert Hurt and Scott Rigell — to oppose any agreement that didn’t sufficiently cut spending and defund health-care reform.
On Thursday, all three freshmen voted against the spending deal on the House floor, joined by 56 other GOP opponents. The measure passed with ease anyway, 260-167, as 81 Democrats joined 179 Republicans in favor.
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) also voted against the bill. The state’s other four Republicans — Reps. Eric Cantor, Robert Goodlatte, Robert Wittman and Frank Wolf — cast their votes in favor of the measure.
Rigell’s nay vote was the same as the one he cast March 15, when the House passed a three-week continuing resolution. Hurt and Griffith voted for it, drawing criticism from some conservatives.
This post has been updated since it was first published.