The big story Thursday was the House passing a bipartisan budget – an event noteworthy for the bipartisan displayed and hearing the “distinguished” congressman from Kansas (Republican Tim Huelskamlp) call it a “crap sandwich.” Dome can only shake its head and go tsk tsk.
The story going forward (after the Senate votes next week) will be how lawmakers spin their votes. The yes votes will be particularly tricky for those Republicans running for re-election against tea party candidates.
Eight members of North Carolina’s delegation voted for the budget package; five against. In the Triangle, two Republicans – Reps. Renee Ellmers of Dunn and Howard Coble of Greensboro – and two Democrats – G.K. Butterfield of Wilson and David Price of Chapel Hill – voted for it. Republican George Holding and Democrat Mike McIntyre voted against.
Holding expressed the view of some conservative Republicans who felt the agreement didn’t reduce spending and deficits enough.
“I came to Washington to cut spending and tackle the hard issues that are saddling our future generations with unsustainable amounts of debt. Unfortunately this budget deal shows just how backwards things are in Washington,” he said in a statement, adding, “We cannot continue to increase spending when we are already borrowing at an unsustainable rate – more government spending doesn’t solve the problem, it is the problem.”
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“U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Peake said Thursday the issues raised in the three lawsuits challenging the new law are too complicated to be resolved before next year’s elections. Peake set a bench trial for July 2015.” Read more here.
“The Renewable Fuel Standard is bringing next-generation biofuels to markets that strengthen U.S. energy security and spur economic development in rural North Carolina,” Hagan said. “By eliminating the corn-ethanol mandate of the RFS, this bill will provide relief from high corn prices without harming investments in advanced biofuels.” The statement references a Hoke County turkey plant that closed and blamed the feed prices as one of the reasons.
The N.C. Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NCANA) announced it hired Tracy Kimbrell as a contract lobbyist. Kimbrell at the Parker Poe law firm is the former general counsel for Senate leader Phil Berger.
And Sadie Weiner, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s spokeswoman, says in an email titled “Heading South” that she will transition from the official capacity to the campaign full time on Jan. 1. Deputy Communications Director Amber Moon will fill her role in Washington.