“In voting ‘no,’ I want to send a very clear message that only strong, solid measures to cut spending and reconcile debt will pass the House with my vote,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn, who is not known for showing emotion, delivered a teary-eyed speech in support of the agreement struck by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Her presentation was moving, a GOP source in the room said, noting it rallied support for the bill and caused Boehner to shed a tear.
Days later, Blackburn was among 59 Republicans who voted “no” on the fiscal 2011 spending bill.
Blackburn had been a loyal soldier throughout the spending negotiations, previously backing two stopgap measures while dozens of other Republicans defected.
Yet Blackburn turned on the legislation as it came under more scrutiny.
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Source: Milly K. Hooper | The Hill