Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04), and Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan (R-TN-02) were the only four Republican members of the Tennessee delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against the deficit increasing $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Budget Bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2018 that passed the House on a 256-167 vote Thursday afternoon.
A total of 90 Republicans and 77 Democrats voted against the bill.
The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote on Friday. If it passes in the Senate, President Trump will have until midnight on Friday to either sign or veto the bill before non-essential offices of the federal government shut down.
Three Republican members of the Tennessee delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the huge spending bill:
Republicans Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN-01), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03), and Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN-08).
Kustoff’s yes vote could spell trouble for him in August, as he faces a tough primary challenge from Dr. George Flinn, who is a staunch conservative on fiscal matters and is running a well funded and aggressive campaign.
The two Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee split their votes, with Rep. Steve Cohen (R-TN-09) voting no and Rep. Jim Cooper (R-TN-05) voting yes.
Blackburn explained her vote against the $1.3 Trillion Omnibus spending bill in this tweet late Thursday:
A lot of you have called to say that you are very much against the omnibus spending bill. I’m in total agreement with you, which is why I voted “no.” pic.twitter.com/7JunIL4gjU
— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) March 23, 2018
Appearing on FoxNews Thursday afternoon, Rep. Black said of the spending bill, “I don’t believe this is the way we should be doing business here.”
You can watch her appearance here:
Thank you @HARRISFAULKNER for having me on this afternoon!
— Diane Black (@DianeBlackTN) March 21, 2018