(Washington, D.C.) - The deal to avert a default crisis is on its way to the Senate after legislation was approved by the U.S. House.
The vote was 269-161 Monday. Ninety-five Democrats joined 174 Republicans in passing the Budget Control Act.
President Obama and congressional leaders struck the last minute deal to cut spending and prevent default.
Some local congressman voted to support the bill, while others couldn’t bring themselves to give their stamp of approval.
Indiana Congressmen Mike Pence (R-IN 6) and Todd Young (R-IN 9) each voted for the bill. Neither was thrilled with the debt ceiling hike, but acknowledged it is a start.
“This package begins to move us in the right direction through immediate spending cuts; enforceable spending controls; the possibility of a Balanced Budget Amendment; and the chance to save our health care and pension programs from bankruptcy. Most importantly, we won’t impose an additional tax burden on families or small businesses at a time they can least afford it,” Young said in advance of the vote.
Ohio’s Steve Chabot (R-OH 1) and Northern Kentucky’s Geoff Davis (R-KY 4) voted against the plan.
“First, unlike the original House version of the Budget Control Act, this bill decouples the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment with the second portion of the debt limit increase,” said Davis in his reasons for the “no” vote. ”This was an important component of the original bill and making the second debt limit increase contingent on its passage would have a lasting impact on getting spending in check.
“Second, while there is certainly room for cuts and efficiency improvements in every federal agency and program, I have concerns about the method by which cuts would take place if the Joint Select Committee did not work as intended.”
The government faces default without a boost in the nation's more than $14 trillion debt ceiling.
Republicans and Democrats have been deadlocked for weeks in a dispute over levels of spending cuts, linked to the debt ceiling increase. The compromise raises the ceiling while aiming to cut more than two-trillion dollars in spending over ten years.