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Hoosier House Delegation Splits on Stopgap Funding Bill

Rokita, Hollingsworth join Democrats in opposing bill, while Visclosky sides with GOP in voting yes

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - There were some unusual alliances in the House vote to keep the government running for another six weeks.

Democrat Andre Carson joined Republicans Todd Rokita and Trey Hollingsworth in voting against the bill, while Democrat Pete Visclosky joined the rest of the Republicans in voting for it. Jim Banks says he sympathizes with fellow Republicans who couldn't swallow spending another 300-billion dollars the government doesn't have. But while the bill gives short-term funding to most agencies, it fully funds the military, and ends the caps on defense spending imposed five years ago. Banks says those cuts have hurt military readiness. He says scrapping the caps may make future budgets easier to pass.

The latest stopgap spending bill reveals a fault line in Indiana's U-S Senate race. While Rokita voted against the bill, his Senate primary opponent Luke Messer voted yes. Rokita blasts the bill as a product of "liberal elites in the Senate" and says he can't accept that kind of additional deficit spending. Messer says the full funding for the military was critically important, and points to President Trump's support of the bill.

Both Indiana's senators, Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Todd Young, voted for the bill.

The latest funding deadline is March 23, but Banks says with the defense spending caps no longer an issue, he expects the next agreement to cover the rest of the fiscal year.
 

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