A fascinating detail from last night’s zero-hour House vote: New York state Republicans made up nearly 10% of the entire Yes vote in favor of the measure.
The Empire State’s GOP caucus broke ranks with the vast majority of their conservative colleagues to support the spending bill.
Congressman Chris Gibson, who represents a chunk of the North Country that stretches from Queensbury to Saranac Lake, issued a statement last night explaining his vote.
Gibson, a Republican, says the deal “provides much needed tax relief for over 99 percent of my constituents.” Gibson says that a deal is still needed to “achieve necessary long-term deficit reduction.”
(The former Army officer from Kinderhook will no longer represent the North Country after this week. The new congressional redistricting plan approved last year in Albany shifts Gibson’s chunk of the North Country into the 21st congressional district represented by Democrat Bill Owens.)
Republican support for the controversial bill wasn’t entirely regional, but there was a discernible Northeastern slant to the outcome.
In addition to the 7 GOP Yes votes in New York, the spending plan also won 12 yes votes from Republicans in Pennsylvania, 5 Yes votes in New Jersey, and 6 Yes votes in John Boehner’s home state of Ohio.
Taken together, this cluster of Rust Belt-Northeastern states accounted for a third of the measure’s GOP support.
Republican support for the plan was also strong in California and the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes Region, and there was a surprising pocket of backing from traditionally conservative districts in Oklahoma and northern Texas.