When Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann goes to Oak Ridge for a re-election fund-raiser next time, he may get a cool reception. He voted against the bill to reopen the government and if his side had prevailed it would have meant 3,000 people losing their jobs at Y-12 the next day. With another 2,000 layoffs in the pipeline.
There are also a lot of small companies that do contract work in Oak Ridge and funds for some of their projects got cut off on Oct. 1, with the end of the fiscal year—no payments for over two weeks.
Fleischmann voted with the very vocal tea party groups in his district rather than with the major employers—and political contributors—in Oak Ridge.
He joined all the other Republicans in the state’s delegation in voting against the bill to end the government shutdown and fund the government until January.