Republican Who Voted Against CR Says Obamacare Wasn’t A Factor

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) says he opposed the House bill because it continues sequestration and creates budget uncertainty.
U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., (center) could face a tough reelection battle in 2014 if Democrats try to pin the sequestration blame on the GOP. (Photo by S.K. Vemmer/Department of State)

U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., (center) could face a tough reelection battle in 2014 if Democrats try to pin the sequestration blame on the GOP. (Photo by S.K. Vemmer/Department of State)

The Virginia Republican was the only member of the GOP conference to vote against the measure, but he said afterwards that his vote wasn’t about the fact that the bill denied funding for the implementation of the healthcare law.

“This CR fails to address the sequester that is negatively impacting those who wear our nation’s uniform and is the result of Congress’ inability to pass the 12 appropriations bills necessary to properly fund the government on time,” said Rigell, who represents an area rich in military personnel and facilities.

Sequestration has taken roughly $40 billion out of the Pentagon’s budget this year alone. If left in place, it could slice DoD’s budget by $500 billion over the next ten years.

Rigell noted in his statement that he opposes Obamacare “and agrees it should be defunded.”

The two Democrats who broke with their party and voted for the CR are Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.)

Geoff Holtzman
Geoff Holtzman is Talk Radio News Service's Deputy Bureau Chief. As one of TRNS's primary correspondents, he helps cover the White House and Capitol Hill. Geoff also covered the 2012 presidential campaign, following the candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. In the process, he learned that not all Motel 6's are created equal. Follow Geoff on Twitter @Geoff_Holtzman.

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