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RSC Budget Vote Flippers
As we noted yesterday, a number of Republicans who inherently oppose the RSC budget, yet wanted to go on record as voting for it, switched their votes from no to aye when they realized that Democrats wouldn’t vote present and let it pass. This stratagem was orchestrated by the GOP Whip team. Here is a list of the vote switchers (from the Congressional Record) who supported the RSC budget, but only after it was clear that it would never pass:
Messrs. RIVERA, HARPER, THOMPSON of Pennsylvania, Mrs. ELLMERS, Messrs. SHIMKUS, HUNTER, HULTGREN, MICA, FINCHER, COFFMAN of Colorado, TIPTON, Ms. FOXX, Messrs. OLSON, MURPHY of Pennsylvania, SHUSTER, and BUCSHON changed their vote from “no” to “aye.”
In addition, four members switched from aye to no; Messrs. DREIER, WALZ, BILIRAKIS, and YOUNG of Florida.
I was curious to see which members voted for the budget this year but not last year, and vice versa:
The New Yes’s (30) (asterisks next to those who played the vote switching game)
It is always good to have new additions, but note that some of these members, like Boustany, Ellmers, Simpson, Murphy, Rivera, Upton, have primary challengers.
The New No’s (13)
Southerland (He is very conservative. I can’t imagine that he opposed the spending cuts. He presumably voted no because of the provision that would open up drilling along the Florida coast)
Turner (NY) (new member)