The vote to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling limit was approved with most House Republicans opposing it, including most of the lawmakers that represent southwest Ohio. Emily McCord speaks with the Columbus Dispatch's Jessica Wehrman for this week’s PoliticsOhio.
Wehrman spoke to Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio’s 10th district. He voted against reopening the government and defended his stance in an interview with the Dayton Daily News. Turner says his vote was not about repealing the Affordable Care Act, but about protecting Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from the effects of sequestration. Turner says he wanted more done in the deal to fight long-term debt. Wehrman reports it’s a controversial vote, because Turner has to answer to his constituents, many of whom were furloughed due to the federal government shutdown.
Wehrman also reported this week about the political implications of this week’s vote for John Boehner. Democrats and other critics say Boehner’s handling of the government shutdown crisis was weak, but Wehrman says the House GOP caucus has rallied around him for his willingness to support their cause.
How southwest Ohio Reps. voted:
(D) Sherrod Brown- YES
(R) Rob Portman-YES
(R) Mike Turner (10th district)-NO
(R) John Boehner (8th district)-YES
(R) Jim Jordan (4th district) -NO
(R) Steve Stivers (15th district)-YES
(R) Steve Chabot (1st district)-NO
(R) Brad Wenstrop (2nd district)-NO