In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Confusion Over Budget Numbers A Factor In House Vote


In a press release announcing his "no" vote, a spokesman for freshmen Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) wrote that he "voted against a long-term continuing resolution that would cut between $352 million and $45 billion, depending on whom you believe."

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), who supported the CR, expressed frustration that differing interpretations of the deal had helped divide the caucus.

"There was a piece of false information by people who don't understand the difference between budget authority and budget outlays," he told reporters after voting for the bill. "Some story says it's only $321 million and that makes some people jumpy. It isn't true."