2 Dems Join With GOP in 230-189 Vote to Defund Obamacare
(CNSNews.com) - The 230-189 vote in the House of Reprsesentatives to approve a continuing resolution that will fund the rest of the government after Sept. 30—but not fund Obamacare—was not strictly along party lines.
Two Democrats joined with the Republican majority in voting for the Obamacare-defunding CR, and one Republican voted against the CR.
The two Democrats who broke ranks with their party were Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah--both of whom survived in last fall's elections by very thin vote margins.
McIntyre eeked out one of the closest congressional victories in the country in 2012, winning re-election in North Carolina's 7th congressional district by only 655 votes. His narrow victory over Republican candidate David Rouzer was not called until three weeks after election day, following a recount.
Matheson, who represents the 4th district of Utah, defeated Republican candidate Mia Love by just 768 votes. Meanwhile, 6,439 votes in that race went to Libertarian candidate Jim Vein.
Love--who, according to the Associated Press, would be the first black female Republican in the House--has already announced she is challenging Matheson again.
McIntyre today stressed his opposition to Obamacare.
“My record on the health care law has been crystal clear--I voted against it when it was first considered, have voted to repeal it dozens of times, and today voted to defund it,” McIntyre said in a statement about this vote. “The need for health care reform is clear, but this law is not the right approach for our citizens, communities, and businesses.”
Matheson did not immediately release a statement explaining his vote.
Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia was the Republican who voted against the CR. Rigell’s office issued a statement saying the congressman agreed that Obamacare should be defunded but that he voted against the CR because of the effect that he believes the sequester spending limitations are having on the military and because he wants to see Congress fund the government through separate appropriations bills for the various federal departments.
“This CR fails to address the sequester that is negatively impacting those who wear our nation’s uniform and is the result of Congress’ inability to pass the 12 appropriations bills necessary to properly fund the government on time,” said Rigell.
Three Republicans and 10 Democrats did not vote at all on the CR.