The U.S. House approved on Thursday a $1.1 trillion funding bill keeping most of the government operating through September of 2015.
Congressman David Price (NC-04) was among nine members of the state delegation to support the bill that had become known as “CROmnibus” – though Price said this was not an easy decision:
The bill has serious flaws, however, and I worked hard all week to include the 12th bill — Homeland Security, from the Subcommittee I lead — in the omnibus bill rather than in a 3-month continuing resolution.
I also sought leverage to get two particularly objectionable amendments, which removed some Dodd-Frank financial protections and greatly increased limits for contributions to political parties, dropped from the bill.
It eventually became clear that Republican leaders, dealing with numerous far-right members and interest-group pressures, could or would not remove these objectionable provisions and might instead give up on the omnibus bill and bring us to the brink of another government shutdown.
At that point I supported the most responsible alternative available, the omnibus appropriations bill, as recommended by President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. It was not an easy choice for me and many other members, and the effort leaves me determined to push for a fresh start in the 114th Congress: to avoid right-wing efforts to promote shutdowns and crises and to find ways to cooperate for the good of the country.
Democratic Representatives G.K. Butterfield, Mike McIntyre, Alma Adams and Republican Rep. Walter Jones voted against the measure.
The U.S. Senate will vote on the spending bill this weekend.
Here’s how the rest of North Carolina’s U.S. House delegation voted:
Rep. Renee Ellmers – 2nd District
Rep. David Price – 4th District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Howard Coble – 6th District
Rep. Richard Hudson – 8th District
Rep. Robert Pittenger – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District
Rep. Mark Meadows – 11th District
Rep. George Holding – 13th District
Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. Mike McIntyre – 7th District
Rep. Alma Adams – 12th district