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Will Minnesota’s House Republicans support a budget deal?

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Speaker John Boehner speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

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.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Tom Clark on 10/16/2013 - 02:41 pm.

    The conservatives in the GOP

    will blame the moderates who will vote in favor of the Senate bill, but the reality is that it’s the moderates in the Republican Party who are helping the conservatives out of a tight spot.

  2. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 10/16/2013 - 02:47 pm.

    While we re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic,…

    …check out what the Chinese are thinking and doing at the following:

    The GOP wants to rattle Obama, unaware they are rattling the position of the U.S. in the world.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/16/2013 - 02:56 pm.

    The good news is

    Both Boehner and McConnell are toast. See? Every cloud has a silver lining.

  4. Submitted by jason myron on 10/16/2013 - 04:19 pm.

    Boehner maybe…

    not McConnell. I’ll say this for McConnell…he’ll only take the talking points so so far. He knows that compromise is the only key to getting things done…. a lesson Cruz and Lee will never learn and most likely will pay dearly for as far as their political careers are concerned.

  5. Submitted by jody rooney on 10/16/2013 - 10:08 pm.

    Toast with whom?

    Clearly not the majority of the country and maybe not even the majority in has party.

    Perhaps Representative Kline could move to district 6. But I have probably a bias toward retired high ranking officers. On the other hand they usually know what it takes to get something done.

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