U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill says he's frustrated with the federal government shutdown, because vote tallies show there are enough votes in the House of Representatives to end it. At least 20 Republicans have gone on record saying they'd vote for a measure to fund the government with no strings attached. That would be enough votes to pass when combined with votes from Democrats. But so far Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, hasn't arranged to have a vote on a spending bill without the condition of a delay of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
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U.S. Rep. Walter Jones was one of nine Republicans who bucked party leadership and voted for other GOP members instead of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner. The Farmville Republican instead voted for David Walker, former head of the Government Accountability Office.
Boehner, R-Ohio, was reelected Speaker of the House for the 113th Congress with 220 votes over Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who received 192 votes.
The vote against Boehner was likely part backlash after Boehner pulled Jones off the prestigious Financial Services Committee.
Jones was not the only N.C. member to buck his party. Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton voted for fellow Blue Dog Jim Cooper, D-Tenn, instead of Pelosi.
Boehner needed 218 votes to win reelection. Fourteen members voted for other candidates or present.
UPDATED: House Speaker John Boehner will be in Charlotte on Friday to stump for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The Ohio Republican is scheduled to speak 4:15 p.m. at the local Romney campaign office on East Morehead Street in Charlotte on Friday and at 10:45 a.m. at GOP headquarters on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh on Saturday, according to an email sent out by Romney's campaign.
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., joined House Republican negotiators and Speaker John Boehner this morning to call on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to appoint Senate Democrat negotiators to discuss the payroll tax extension.
“We have to do this,” Ellmers said. “As a mom, I care about those single moms out there who are going to be dependent on this especially tax extension. We can’t take money out of their pockets right now. Especially, during the holidays.
Ellmers was appointed to the eight member House negotiating team Tuesday after Representatives voted 229-193 against a bipartisan Senate plan to extend the current tax rate for two months.
It’s unclear whether negotiations between House and Senate members will occur. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, is not expected to call Senators back. He said Tuesday that he’s willing to negotiate a year long extension, but only after the House passes the two-month bipartisan extension similar to the one worked out by the Senate.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that it’s important to have freshman members like Ellmers on the negotiating committee. He said Ellmers’ experience in the private sector and as a nurse as critical for understanding the complicated payroll tax debate.
“She may be a freshman, but she’s got more knowledge on some of those issues than members who have been there for a while.”
As noted by POLITICO, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers is hosting a fundraiser tonight featuring House Speaker John Boehner. The "star power" suggests a good turnout for the event, which costs between $500 and $2,500 to attend. The speaker's presence is further indication that Ellmers, a Dunn freshman, is emerging as a rising GOP leader.
Members of the North Carolina GOP delegation, led by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, is expected to join Ellmers, who represents the 2nd District.