Delegation from NW Split on Whether to End Shutdown

By Tom Bacon

Three-fourths of Idaho's Republican congressional delegation voted against re-opening the federal government and heading off default on the nation's debt, but in the end, their opposition made no difference.

Both Idaho senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, voted against the hastily drawn compromise bill to temporarily re-start government operations and to pay the nation's credit card bill, as did Tea-Party favorite Raul Labrador. But Idaho's Mike Simpson, an ally of House Speaker John Boehner, voted for the measure. He will likely be hammered for that vote in next year's primary by a Tea-Party candidate.

Senators Risch and Crapo, both Republicans, said the continuing resolution may have averted a crisis for now, but that it - they called it a kick=the-can-down-road bill - does nothing to address what they called serious spending and debt issues that must be solved.

Washington's and Oregon's four Democratic senators voted for the bill which easily sped through the Senate, 81 to 18. And all four Washington State GOP House members - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Doc Hastings, Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dave Reichert - voted for the measure when it went over from the Senate late last night. Oregon Republican Greg Walden, however, cast a no vote, along with Labrador and 142 other Republicans. 

The measure picked up only 87 Republican votes, but passage was assured with a unanimous Democratic bloc of 198 votes.
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