"We are very upset that these legislators voted to increase finance company profits over the objections of military commanders, who have clearly shown how detrimental this bill will be to mission readiness and the plight of military families," said Brigadier General Paul Dordal (ret.), who is currently a member of the Governors North Carolina Advisory Commission on Military Affairs. "It's a slap in the face to our military leaders and definitely not in the best interests of our fighting men and women."
The 61 votes in favor of the bill included 51 Republicans and 10 Democrats while 40 Democrats and 14 Republicans accounted for 54 votes against the bill.
“The legislators, particularly the Republicans, who voted against the bill showed considerable courage in the face of incredible political pressure,” said Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina. “The consumer finance industry handed out $172,000 in campaign donations in the 2010 election, with a focus on Republicans and their top leaders who then pulled out all the stops to move this legislation forward.”
News reports have detailed how Republican leaders have been pressuring Republican members to vote in favor of the legislation.
"We will continue to fight this bill," said Al Ripley, Director of Consumer Affairs at the North Carolina Justice Center. "We will continue our opposition in the Senate, and we will stop this legislation."
The bill is opposed by the Department of Defense, all NC military base commanders, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and Gov. Beverly Perdue. The Governor's Office released a statement yesterday saying:
"The General Assembly should listen to the top leaders of the Pentagon and the leadership of our North Carolina military bases and vote against the current version of House Bill 810. This legislation will expose our men and women in uniform and their families to high cost financial obligations and potentially predatory lending practices."