They may sit on the same side of the aisle, but that doesn't mean that Gwinnett's Republican congressmen agree.
U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall and Paul Broun, who share the county representation with Democrat Hank Johnson, split the vote on a continuing resolution, which passed Wednesday, outlining government funding for the remainder of the fiscal year under post-sequestration levels.
"Today's legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27 and provides flexibility to the Pentagon to prioritize the funding it has, but it's a small step," said Woodall, who is from Lawrenceville. "In the coming weeks, my colleagues and I on the House Budget Committee will deliver a budget resolution. Sen. Reid has also said that the Senate, for the first time in almost four years, will offer one of their own. I look forward working with my colleagues in the other Chamber on moving toward a long term fiscal solution for America. With hard work and the right decisions we will ensure better days for our children and grandchildren."
Woodall is chairman of the RSC's Budget and Spending Taskforce.
Broun, of Athens, voted no.
"This vote represented the House's opportunity to take a stand for liberty," the congressman said "This was our chance to defund Obamacare, and we didn't do it. I'm always true to my constitutional, conservative principles, and therefore could not support a continuing resolution that paved the way for the full implementation of Obamacare one of the greatest attacks on our personal freedom in the history of this nation.
In a town hall meeting last month, Broun said he often takes a stand for his principles, even if it means he is the only one voting no, as he was the only member of the state's GOP delegation to vote against a measure that suspended the nation's debt ceiling.
Broun, who has launched a campaign for the 2014 GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, said the time is now to stand up to stop the health care bill, expected to add $6.2 trillion to the deficit.
"I supported both pieces of legislation included in H.R. 933 that provide for the military, which are critical to the safety and security of our country," he said. "But lumping such important funding for our troops together with funding for Obamacare was the wrong way to safeguard our defense capabilities. Moving forward, I will continue to work to defund Obamacare so that both our liberty and the greatest health care system in the world will remain intact for years to come."
The new chairman of the Gwinnett GOP will be determined this weekend.
The county convention is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Gwinnett High School, where the party's leaders for 2013 to 2015 will be chosen.
Delegates, who were chosen as precinct meetings, will choose between former state Rep. Gene Callaway and party volunteer Rachel Little for the chairmanship. Various other posts will also be filled.
For more information, go to gwinnettrepublicans.com.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Camie Young can be reached via email at email@example.com.
For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.