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8:57 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Arkansas GOP House Delegation Splits On Budget

Steve Womack
3rd District Rep. Steve Womack (R) voted for the federal budget bill.

Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.

The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.

Griffin says he reluctantly supported the bill to avoid another government shutdown. Womack says the bill isn't perfect but takes "an important step" to reduce federal spending.

Both Crawford and Cotton say the bill didn't do enough to find a long-term solution to restrain federal spending.