So you know that Washington is staggering, zombie-like, toward another government shutdown today, as House Republicans – in late night session – approved a funding bill to keep the federal machine running.
Senate Democrats have vowed to reject it.
The House action, taken at 12:50 a.m. today, was virtually identical to the one that failed Wednesday – the product of some furious vote-whipping by House GOP leaders.
My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington points out that no Georgians were among the 23 Republicans to flip their votes and back the bill – despite the pressure of a closed GOP caucus meeting.
Malloy points to a few paragraphs at Politico.com that recount the reaction of Phil Gingrey, one of four no votes from Georgia, to the arm-twisting:
Not all was so peaceful, as seen in this sometimes comical exchange — described by several Republicans in the meeting — between Reps. Phil Gingrey of Georgia and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.
At one point, the outspoken Gingrey stood up and defended his “no” vote, and then when Foxx defended Boehner, Gingrey yelled out, ‘The leadership is not infallible!’”
Foxx countered. “I don’t think anyone is infallible, Phil, not even including the pope. And I’m Catholic.”
Also voting no were Paul Broun of Athens, Tom Graves of Ranger and Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta County.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider