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Today the House of Representative voted to pass a $1.126 trillion Continuing Resolution (CR) without any extended debate and without allowing any amendments to be offered. This was a tremendous abrogation of regular order in the budget process which has been repeated multiple times over the years, and a sign that the leadership in Congress remains unconcerned about the tremendous deficit spending that has lead to our astonishing $16.6 trillion in debt.
FreedomWorks initially released a Key Vote No on the rule for the Continuing Resolution, demanding that Congress at least allow an "open rule", which would have allowed for Members to offer amendments to reduce the levels of spending in the bill. Instead, the Rules Committee issued a "closed rule", which limited debate and allowed no amendments. The Rule, H.Res. 99, passed, 212-197, with only 16 Republicans voting against it. The 16 champions who voted no were:
The House then immediately proceeded to a token debate and voted on the actual Continuing Resolution itself, H.R. 933. The CR passed, 267-151, with 53 Democrats in support and only 14 brave Republicans voting against:
Be sure to let your Representative know how you feel about his or her vote!