Only Two Tennessee Congressmen Vote Against Budget Deal

Seven Tennessee congressmen--five Republicans and two Democrats--voted in favor of the budget deal. Image: Ulises George/Flickr

Seven Tennessee congressmen–five Republicans and two Democrats–voted in favor of the budget deal. Image: Ulises George/Flickr

The majority of Tennessee’s congressional delegation voted in favor of a two-year budget agreement. The plan easily passed the House Thursday night; the Senate will vote on it next week.

Nashville’s Jim Cooper voted yes, though he wasn’t completely happy about it.

“It’s a very puny deal, but at least it’s a deal,” Cooper said. “It will keep government open, which is important. But it ducks the most important fiscal issues that we face.”

Only two members of Tennessee’s delegation voted against the budget deal. Knoxville Republican Jimmy Duncan says the bill increases spending by $63 billion.  4th District GOP Congressman Scott DesJarlais opposed fee increases in the bill, which he said amounted to tax increases.

HOW THEY VOTED

Voting Yes:

Diane Black (R-Gallatin)

Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood)

Steve Cohen (D-Memphis)

Jim Cooper (D-Nashville)

Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump)

Chuck Fleischmann (R-Ooltewah)

Phil Roe (R-Kingsport)

Voting No:

Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper)

Jimmy Duncan (R-Knoxville)

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