A divided GOP caucus
Minnesota’s members fall about where you’d expect them. Kline was one of Bohener’s biggest allies; Paulsen is usually a “yes” vote for Boehner, and Bachmann is considered one of the more conservative members in the caucus.
Breaking the ‘Hastert Rule’
- At the very end of the last Congress, with tax increases threatening to hit every American and a fresh round of spending cuts set to take effect, the House voted 257-167 on an alternative upper-income tax increase instead. Just 85 of 241 Republicans voted yes. Kline was the only Minnesota Republican to vote yes.
- In mid-January, months after superstorm Sandy slammed the Northeast, the Senate sent the House a recovery bill worth $50.7 billion. Conservatives and some moderates balked at the price, but the House passed the bill 241 to 180 with 49 Republican votes. All three Minnesota Republicans voted no.
- After a few attempts to pass a more conservative version of the bill, Boehner called up a bipartisan Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act, which the House approved 286 to 138. All the no votes were Republican; only 87 supported the bill. Kline and Paulsen supported the bill.