U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) voted no, while Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) joined Rep. David Scott (D-South Cobb) in voting yes.
“Increasing spending today for the promise of cuts tomorrow is a bad deal for taxpayers. That’s why I’ll vote ‘no’ on the budget,” Gingrey said prior to the vote.
Yet Price, Gingrey’s Republican colleague, had a different view, posting on his Facebook page Thursday evening after the vote that: “The House of Representatives just passed a budget agreement that would reduce the deficit by more than $20 billion dollars without raising taxes on hard-working Americans. This is a positive albeit small step in the right direction.”
Scott told the MDJ he always thought the automatic spending cuts resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011, known as sequestration, were a mistake, and he’s pleased the proposal will postpone them for two years.
“That certainly helps my friends at Lockheed and our military contractors, helps our military, which is very important to keep that strong, so that’s weighing heavily on my mind and my vote,” he said.
Scott emphasized the bipartisan nature of the bill.
“My Republican friends have protected the increase in tax rates, and we on the Democratic side have certainly protected the safety net programs of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, so on balance, I think that it probably will come out in a way in which we get a good bipartisan effort and realize that what we got is a step forward.”
The 332-94 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are more skeptical. But the Democratic-led chamber appears sure to adopt the measure next week and send it to Obama for his signature.
The package was drafted by a congressional odd couple of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The Wisconsin Republican and Washington Democrat found compromised to ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month.