Fed budget deal passes House; Fleischmann only TN GOP ‘yes’

The U.S. House approved a $1.1 trillion federal budget deal today with only one Republican member of the Tennessee delegation – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga — voting for the measure. The state’s two Democratic congressmen, Reps. Steve Cohen of Memphis and Jim Cooper of Nashville, joined him.

Republican Reps. Phil Roe of Johnson City, John J. “Jimmy” Duncan of Knoxville, Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburgh, Diane Black of Gallatin and Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood voted no. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump did not vote.

The bill was approved 316-113 with 166 Democrats and 150 Republicans in the yes column. (Note: Full roll call vote, HERE; The Hill overview story HERE.) It cleared the Senate 65-33 later in the day with both Tennessee senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, voting yes. President Obama has indicated he will sign it.

The bill includes several Tennessee-related provisions. Many millions of dollars go to Oak Ridge and its nuclear facilities, located in Fleischmann’s district (Note: Michael Collins has a rundown HERE.) There is $181.5 million for a new federal courthouse in Nashville and $29 million for continuing repairing TVA’s Chickamauga Lock near Chattanooga (also in Fleischmann’s 3rd District.)

Press release statements from Fleischmann and Blackburn are below.

News release from U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann
WASHINGTON− Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement after passage of the government funding bill.

“Today we passed a bill that in addition to keeping our government open and functioning will properly fund our military, rein in the IRS and lift the ban on American oil exports. This bill is good for our economy and good for East Tennessee. The Chickamauga Lock will move forward and the vital national security work done in Oak Ridge will continue. As we move into a new year, with new House leadership, I am hopeful that we will continue to advance strong conservative principles.”

News release from Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Washington, DC – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today released the following statement regarding the 2016 omnibus spending bill:

“While we did achieve some conservative wins in the bill, it is disappointing that we have no language which freezes the Syrian refugee program, the President’s lawless amnesty, Planned Parenthood funding, Net Neutrality or contributions to the Green Climate Fund. The omnibus also breaks the budget caps from the 2011 Budget Control Act.

“I am very concerned about the security of this country and the American people. Recently, DHS Secretary Johnson admitted that ISIS could ‘exploit’ our refugee program to conduct attacks here at home, something I and my colleagues have been saying for weeks. We must do everything in our power to eliminate terrorist threats – which is why I will not give President Obama a blank check for his resettlement agenda.

“Due to these issues, I could not vote for the omnibus. I do thank Speaker Ryan for the manner in which he addressed the issues and worked to include the conservative policy riders,” Blackburn said.