Congress passes short-term measure to end shutdown

By: Associated Press and NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: Associated Press and NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

WASHINGTON Congress has approved and President Barack Obama has signed legislation to avert a U.S. government default on its debts.

The bill also ends a 16-day partial government shutdown, meaning furloughed federal employees are headed back to work, and they'll be paid for the time they were gone.

The legislation that ends the partial government shutdown and increases the debt limit is only a temporary fix. It funds the government only through Jan. 15 and allows normal borrowing through Feb. 7, or a little longer.

Five of seven Michiana lawmakers voted in favor of the proposal.

VOTES IN FAVOR

  • Sen. Dan Coats (R) Indiana

  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) Indiana

  • Sen. Carl Levin (D) Michigan

  • Sen. Debbie Stabinow (D) Michigan

  • Rep. Fred Upton (R) Michigan

VOTES AGAINST

  • Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) Indiana

  • Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R) Indiana

Rep. Walorski released a statement explaining her decision not to support the measure. It read, in part, “I am glad that a deal was reached to temporarily avoid default and reopen the government, allowing more time for the House and Senate to reach a long-term compromise. However, without any spending cuts or budget reforms aimed at getting our fiscal house in order, I could not support this plan.”

Stuzman cited the Affordable Care Act as his primary reason for opposing the measure, issuing this statement: ““Hoosier families are struggling under the weight of Obamacare’s job-killing mandates and the nation’s crushing $17 trillion debt. This bill does nothing to provide relief of those issues or end special treatment for Members of Congress under Obamacare and therefore I will oppose it.”
Overall, in the Michigan House, 9 representatives voted for the measure – 5 against. In the Indiana House, 4 voted for and 5 against.


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