Carr says Alexander 'sold-out,' DesJarlais claims victory

Various odds and ends from Wednesday's votes to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling:

State Rep. Joe Carr says U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander "sold-out Tennesseans" by voting along with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on the deal struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Carr says Alexander's vote highlights a difference in "core philosophies;" he adds that he shares the views of U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

Alexander, for his part, said he was always against a shutdown and any action that would have prevented the nation from paying its bills. He said lawmakers need to redouble efforts to reduce the deficit.

Corker was more pointed in his criticism of those who forced the shutdown, saying they had "wasted time that could have been spent putting in place spending reforms that will make our country stronger." He counted it as a victory that Congress had not ended sequestration, which he credited with reducing federal spending in two consecutive years for the first time since the 1950s.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais claimed several victories in the outcome. The South Pittsburg Republican told WTN-FM host Michael DelGiorno Wednesday morning that Democrats now "fully own" Obamacare and the federal debt and that voters have been shown "there's not much shutdown in a government shutdown."

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, like DesJarlais, voted against the McConnell-Reid deal and pinned blame for the shutdown on Democrats, a point she has tried to make repeatedly during the shutdown. "We can't keep kicking the can down the road," she said.

U.S. Rep. Diane Black voted along with DesJarlais and Blackburn, for much the same reason, but she had an added beef. The House used one of her bills as the vehicle to pass the plan. Her measure would have required immediate income verification of anyone seeking a subsidy to purchase health insurance on the public exchanges


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