Triad Republican Lawmakers Comment on Tension In The Party

11:45 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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  • Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC, 6th District)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Rep. Virgnia Foxx (R-NC, 5th District)
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  • Triad, NC -- It's no secret, Democrats and Republicans can rarely get along. We saw that recently through the fiscal cliff drama. However, the fiscal cliff deal now has republicans mad at republicans.

    Then, to add fuel to the fire, New Jersey governor, Chris Christie voiced his anger at fellow republicans for scrapping a vote on Hurricane Sandy aide.

    News 2's Liz Crawford reached out to Republican members of Congress from the Triad, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC, 6th District), and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC, 5th District) about the GOP divide.

    Sen. Burr doesn't think there's a divide within his party, rather a disagreement.

    "There's not a divide within the Republican Party. There's a disagreement on when the appropriate time is to hold this administration accountable for the spending cuts and the reforms and entitlements that the president has gone out and talked about," said Burr.

    Burr explained that passion is very high when you're voting on something as big as the fiscal cliff. However, moving forward, he hopes Congress will learn from the fiscal drama and not wait until the last minute to make decisions.

    Burr believes they could have come up with the same deal weeks ago.

    "It was embarrassing for the country but it was also embarrassing for members of Congress. In the United States Senate, we should have taken H.R.8 which was the House-passed bill to the Senate floor weeks ago. We should have debated it. We should have amended it. We would have ended up with a product that probably resembles exactly what was negotiated."

    Rep. Coble is still in Washington, D.C. ahead of his swearing-in ceremony taking place on Thursday.

    "I've been here all day, talked to various people up and down the aisle and I didn't detect no evidence of a flare-up or divide," said Coble.

    When asked about the tension over the decision not to discuss funding for Superstorm Sandy relief on Tuesday night, Sen. Burr believes that the most important needs will be funded soon.

    "The House of Representatives last night said wait a minute. We want to evaluate what the immediate need is and I think we'll see very quickly the House of Representatives pass a bill probably in the $21 to $24-million range that handles all the immediate needs."

    Rep. Coble said, "You're in the heat of battle. Governor Christie has his hands full because they were impacted so severely by Sandy. But, I still don't think there's a divide."

    Rep. Foxx weighed in on the issues too. Foxx thinks the party is united on the same goals, although they might vote differently from time to time.

    On Sandy relief money she said, "He wanted us just to write a blank check to him. We are being responsible here in the Congress. We want some accountability for how money's being spent."

    Foxx told News 2 the House is expected to pass a bill that gives $9-billion to Sandy relief efforts.

    WFMY News 2

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