Kline votes for compromise bill

John Kline
John Kline

He was among the minority of Republicans to approve the measure

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, was among the about one-third of Republicans who approved legislation late Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.

Kline, along with U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Eden Prairie, voted for the compromise that tasks a joint House-Senate committee with developing a budget deal before mid-December.

“Today, members of Congress were asked to make a difficult decision,” Kline said in a statement released Thursday. “Ultimately, I was not willing to put the full faith and credit of the United States at risk. Congress and the White House must put country first. The result was imperfect, but it was a temporary solution I believed was in the best interest of Americans.”

Republicans sought changes to the Affordable Care Act before agreeing to raise the debt ceiling, but no alterations were made to the federal health care law through Wednesday night’s action.

Kline says he will continue to press for changes in the so-called Obamacare law.

“Moving forward, we must address runaway spending, the debt, and failed policies like Obamacare that are barriers to our economic recovery and threaten the future of our children and grandchildren,” Kline said in the statement. “Our record-high debt is as much the result of failed leadership as it is failed policies that grew government instead of our economy. We must tackle the pressing issues Americans sent us to Washington to face.”

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, was the only Minnesotan to vote no on the compromise plan along with 143 other House Republicans. Eighty-seven House Republicans voted for it.

Democrat U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted for the measure.

Eagan resident Mike Obermueller, a candidate for the Democrats endorsement in the 2nd District, said in a statement that Kline orchestrated the shutdown.

“He’s part of the so-called Republican leadership team who for the past 16 days has consistently rejected efforts to get it back up and running,” said Obermueller, who lost to Kline in the 2012 election by eight percentage points.

“Seniors, and military families that have been adversely affected by this reckless behavior and needless uncertainty and had it not been for the House Republicans, this could have been resolved weeks ago,” Obermueller said.

Bachmann told Devin Henry of MinnPost “this was a fight worth having.”

“Ultimately (this fight)’s about what type of government we want to have,” she said. “The president is insisting that he be the only decision-maker when it comes to something as crucial as the budget. What we’re saying is that’s not the way our government works.”

The House voted 285-144 to approve bill, which funds the government until Jan. 15 and raises the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. The Senate voted 81-18.

  • Guest

    What Happened? Is Rep. Kline OK? He actually voted FOR THE INTERESTS OF AMERICANS. Wow! He has steadfastly been voting AGAINST benefits for Vets, AGAINST Home Health Care workers wages, AGAINST minimum wages for workers, AGAINST taxing the ultra-rich so the rest of us can get a brief respite from the crush of expenses, AGAINST Obamacare that will cover 48 million uninsured Americans, AGAINST reduction in loan interest, and generally and consistently AGAINST the best interests of Americans.

    So this amazing shift last Wednesday voting to reopen the Government and restoring the jobs (and incomes!) of 800,000 shut-out government workers is simply stunning – and worrisome! Has Rep. Kline contracted some new disease “compassionitis humanitis”? On Thursday morning I looked and looked and was amazed that he was NOT to the right of Bachmann – in fact, he aligned himself with these “liberal” Minnesotan Congresspersons.

    In case you do not see the tongue in my cheek, know it is there. I know Kline feels the heat, feels the winds of discontent, the waves of anger and rage among Americans who are sick of “no, no, no – my way or get off the road” ways of Tea-Party political doctrines. And being the poster boy for the TeaParty in the USA, Kline represents the worst of the worst this country can dish out in regressive thinking, unyielding and unthinking conservatism. And I am sure he begins to fee the heat and discontent of his constituency.- who he has failed for long years to represents. Rep. Kline is begging to be sent to pasture – let’s do it in November next year. We have a great option standing in the wings, rearing to go and ready to work for us, Mike Obermueller.

    Inform yourself and find out what (and whom) Kline really represent, make the choices, vote in your own interest – and that of the American People.

    Eagan, MN

  • Ron Goldser

    Mike Obermueller understands the real pulse of this District and its people. It is his time in Congress. Be sure to vote in 2014.

  • taxpay28

    I wouldn’t say he voted for the interests of Americans, Keeping the status quo in regards to the government continuing to ROB citizens of their freedoms, property and persuit of happiness is far from American interests.