Our US Senate delegation split on the vote to jack up federal spending AND federal debt through 2017. Burr, who faces the voters next year, covered his rear with a NO vote. (Any other time, he would have been at YES.) Tillis was one of EIGHTEEN GOP defectors. Here are the details:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had vowed to filibuster the deal, but was unable to successfully stop it after the same 18 Republicans joined with the Democrats to invoke cloture. Nevertheless, the libertarian firebrand and Republican 2016 contender railed against the deal in a fiery Senate floor speech before the final vote.
“The establishment in Washington is completely and utterly tone-deaf to the way America feels about this,” the Kentucky senator said.
Earlier, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) compared approving the budget compromise to giving Obama a “diamond encrusted glow in the dark AmEx card” that would be paid off by future generations.
So, Thom didn’t JUST vote FOR IT. He actively worked to kill conservative efforts to stop it. (Jus’ sayin’.) MORE:
The agreement would raise the government debt ceiling until March 2017, removing the threat of an unprecedented national default just days from now. At the same time, it would set the budget of the government through the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and ease punishing spending caps by providing $80 billion more for military and domestic programs, paid for with a hodgepodge of spending cuts and revenue increases touching areas from tax compliance to spectrum auctions.[…]
And we retired Kay Hagan becauuuuuuse ….. ?