Gabbard Breaks With Democrats On Republican Budget Bill

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard broke ranks with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, voting for a House Republican budget proposal that authorizes funding for the rest of the fiscal year but leaves large sequestration cuts in place for now.

Gabbard's vote also put her at odds with Rep. Colleen Hanabusa — a rare split within Hawaii's all-Democratic congressional delegation.

The measure passed 267-151, with 53 Democrats voting in support and 137 voting against. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders gave members leeway to vote as they chose on the bill and had no problem with Gabbard’s vote.

Gabbard, in a statement, called the bill "disappointing" and "far from perfect," but said it would preserve some defense jobs.

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