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Which House members voted against their leadership on the budget deal

Lindsey McPherson, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in News & Features

WASHINGTON -- The House's early Friday morning passage of a bill to reopen government after a brief shutdown was not your typical budget deal vote.

Unlike similar measures Congress has passed in recent years to lift sequestration spending caps and suspend the debt ceiling, this one drew a limited amount of Republican opposition and minimal Democratic support.

Typically it's just the opposite. A sizable number of House Republicans, usually a third to a half of the conference, would vote against such a deal. And the vast majority of Democrats would normally support it.

But only 29 percent of House Republicans voted against the budget deal Friday that hitched a ride on a six-week stopgap funding measure. And 62 percent of House Democrats voted against it.

"I see Republicans producing a bigger number than we have on big agreements traditionally, especially since 2010 taking the majority," Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., said. "I feel like this is a bold move, and the difference maker is the White House and the president."

Most Democrats opposing the bill did so because Speaker Paul D. Ryan would not give them a specific commitment to an immigration vote under a rule known as "queen of the hill" that allows debate on multiple measures with the one getting the most vote above the required simple majority threshold prevailing.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a floor speech before the vote said she wished Ryan would treat the House "with the dignity that it deserves by giving us an opportunity, just an opportunity" to work its will. Earlier in the week, she had called on him to "man up."

Despite Pelosi's push against the bill for that reason -- which included a record breaking eight-hour floor speech Wednesday -- 73 Democrats still voted "yes."

That included members like Rep. G.K. Butterfield who left a Thursday night Democratic Caucus meeting fired up about the plan to vote against the bill absent a commitment on immigration.

"Ryan's either set for a government shutdown or he needs to talk to the leader and work out a deal," the North Carolina Democrat said, predicting fewer than 40 Democrats would support the bill.

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