Flake, Shadegg rebel against $91 billion emergency spending bill

From The Hill:

Long-suppressed tensions among House Republicans burst into full public view yesterday when 29 conservatives voted against the rules for floor debate on a $91 billion emergency spending bill for the Iraq war and Gulf Coast recovery.

The fate of the rule was never in doubt — Rep. John Murtha (Pa.) led 22 of his fellow Democrats in helping GOP leaders defeat the conservative rebellion — but the open infighting comes at a bad time for House Republicans, many of whom are increasingly worried about November’s midterm election.

Despite its failure to alter the massive spending bill, which the House is expected to pass today, the conservative insurrection portends trouble for Republican leaders as they try to move budget and spending bills.

“It was a strong signal from House conservatives that a number of us are willing to do whatever it takes to slow spending,” said Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who voted against the rule.

Some aides saw the rule revolt as a test of the relationship between new Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC).

Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), a former RSC chairman and a key Boehner supporter after his own leadership campaign fell short, voted against the rule.

N.B. Flake voted against final passage of the bill, Shadegg voted for it.

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