U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho, and Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington were among the majority Tuesday as the Senate passed a bill raising the debt ceiling aimed at averting a government default and sent the measure to President Obama for his signature.
The final vote was 74-26, with a mix of Tea Party Republicans and liberal Democrats objecting to the measure.
The plan cuts $2.1 trillion in federal spending while increasing the amount the government can borrow to pay its bills.
Sen. Crapo says, while it’s not a perfect answer to the country’s debt problems, it does bring about a needed reform to tackling the issue.
Sen. Mike Crapo comments on his support of the debt ceiling plan.
The House passed the bill Monday night on a 269-161 vote. Idaho’s Representatives split their votes, with Mike Simpson voting “yes” and Raul Labrador voting “no.” (AP, USA Today)