Bring It To A Vote Or Not, Tennessee’s Senators Both Dislike Budget Bill

Speaking on the Senate floor once debate began on the bill, Alexander characterized it as an example of 'runaway spending.'

Speaking on the Senate floor once debate began on the bill, Alexander characterized it as an example of ‘runaway spending.’

Neither of Tennessee’s Senators support the Budget compromise sent over from the House. But as the bill passed a procedural hurdle today, the pair of Republicans took very different approaches.

Bob Corker characterizes the measure as a PR attempt by the House to make up for this fall’s government shutdown. He didn’t want to vote on it at all.

“Look, after you sit down and the glow–the afterglow–of a bipartisan deal dissipates, we’re spending today and hoping someone down the road will do something more disciplined down the road, so I just can’t support it.”

Lamar Alexander agrees that it’s a bad bill. Even so, he backed a procedural move that allows a floor vote.

“I thought surely we can at least allow a vote on a Paul Ryan proposal that is supported 2-to-1 by House Republicans. How are we ever going to govern if we can’t do that? So I suspect we will, and then I’m going to vote no because it’s the wrong policy.”

But now that it’s headed to the floor, the bill is likely to pass the Democratic-led Senate. And so, for allowing the vote to occur, Alexander is drawing criticism from his primary opponent, Joe Carr.


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