Congress votes to avoid default, end shutdown – six in NC delegation say ‘No’

The federal government is open for business today after the U.S. House voted 285-144 to support the Senate’s short-term plan to raise the nation’s debt limit avoiding default.

Six members of the NC delegation – all Republicans – voted to reject the 11th hour compromise.

Here’s how the rest of North Carolina’s House delegation voted Wednesday:

Rep. Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx, George Holding, and Richard Hudson are among those who voted against the deal.

Reps. Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx, George Holding, and Richard Hudson were among those who voted against the deal.


Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District
Rep. David Price – 4th District
Rep. Howard Coble – 6th District
Rep. Mike McIntyre – 7th District
Rep. Robert Pittenger – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District
Rep. Mel Watt – 12th District

Rep. Renee Ellmers – 2nd District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Richard Hudson – 8th District
Rep. Mark Meadows – 11th District
Rep. George Holding – 13th District


  1. Gene Hoglan

    October 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Heritage and Club For Growth’s primary threats must’ve really gotten to poor Renee Ellmers.

  2. Alan

    October 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Tea Party ‘Patriots’ at work, willing to crash the US and global economy over their hatred of President Obama. Small minded hicks…

  3. Stan

    October 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Not surprised. Zealots with no concern for the welfare of the nation or their constituents. Beyond, that they often simply appear to be just plain mean and stupid. We need to rid ourselves of these people as soon as possible. Yes, our nation has a debt problem. They helped create it. It can be fixed by an equitable and fair tax code, getting out of the Middle East, and creating a vibrant middle-class that has jobs and pays taxes. These people seem not to care about anyone but their wealthy sponsors…who definitely could not care less about the rest of us.

  4. Ray Bender

    October 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Where were you all when ACA was passed by some rule suspensions by your Party?

  5. Cheryl

    October 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    In 2014 these 6 need to be voted out. We have to take our state back from these teabagger idiots. They are hell bent on ruining our economy.

  6. Gary

    October 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    We classify people who intentionally hurt our nation as terrorists and people who intentionally hurt others as bullies. The people who caused so much pain, suffering, loss and disruption to our nation and to our citizens are certainly not patriots and don’t deserve to hold an elected position in our government. I hope others will join me in voting for other candidates in the 2014 midterm election. We need to remember the indifference, ignorance and poor judgment that led to the government shutdown “Send’em packing” needs to be our new theme song.

  7. Will A.

    October 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    So you are saying these are the six that stood up to Obama and his plans to destroy the American healthcare system and bankrupt us? I’m with you… now, where you lose me is the part about voting them out. I think you are confused and mean we should vote out the Dems who would not compromise and delay Obamacare until the “glitches” were worked out – even if it mean default.

  8. Alan

    October 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Will, seriously? “The six that stood up to Obama and his plans to destroy the American healthcare system and bankrupt us”?????? So, expanding healthcare access to a greater portion of the population will destroy the American healthcare system and bankrupt us? Not according to the GAO (or anyone who can read & write). This sort of nonsense may be the norm over in Faux News land, but back here on planet earth it’s just more tin-foil hat crazy talk. Glad to see you place loyalty to the GOP over the interests of the country. Even the threat of default has already caused the US financial harm. I guess the economic terrorists of the Tea Party are viewed as ‘real Americans’ in that ever shrinking demographic…

  9. charles malone

    October 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I agree that these representatives show more loyalty to their ideology than to what is the law of the land: the Affordable Care Act. It is our responsibility now to develop and refine the law in its implementation, not defund it. I ran against George Holding last year in the 13th Congressional District and though I knew the gerrymandering and his million plus in the bank made it unlikely I would win, seeing him vote against the best interests of the people, even to the point of closing down the federal government, makes me regret the outcome of that race all the more. Believe me, big, big money interests are at play here and there are people being well paid to make what is right for the people seem like it is the worst thing that could ever happen to us. And if it is their message that is the only one being heard–over and over–it is natural that good people will be duped, nay, be scared, and those frightened or angry people then go to the polls in droves.

  10. George Greene

    October 18, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Pittenger and McHenry?!? Why do they think THEY’RE immune?? Pittenger maybe has his own money. And McHenry was all up in there before the Tea Party ever even came along. I guess he’s
    enough of a right-wing nut-case that he knows how bona-fides can’t be questioned — only Nixon can go to China.

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