By Jon H. Harsch

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 – Just hours before President Obama is due to deliver his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, the House voted 256 to 165 to reduce non-defense federal spending to 2008 levels. In the largely party-line vote, 17 Democrats broke ranks to join with the unanimous Republican vote for H.Res. 38, “A resolution Reducing Non-Security Spending to FY 2008 Levels or Less.”

Two Republicans and 11 Democrats did not vote on the resolution. The 17 House Democrats who supported capping this year's non-security spending at 2008 levels were House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Minn., and:

Jason Altmire, Pa.
John Barrow, Ga.
Dan Boren, Okla.
Ben Chandler, Ky.
Jim Cooper, Tenn.
Jim Costa, Calif.
Jerry Costello, Ill.
Joe Donnelly, Ind.
Tim Holden, Pa.
Larry Kissell, N.C.
Daniel Lipinski, Ill.
Jim Matheson, Utah
Mike Quigley, Ill.
Mike Ross, Ark.
Kurt Schrader, Ore.
Heath Shuler, N.C.

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