Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Crapo and Risch Vote Against Measure to Avoid Government Shutdown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

The U.S. Senate voted this morning to avoid a shutdown of the federal government but Idaho's two senators disagreed. Republican Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined seven others (three Democrats, three Republicans and one Independent) in voting against a stopgap measure that keeps the government running for the next two weeks. The bill passed through the U.S. House with Representatives Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador voting for the measure.

The White House has hoped for a longer interim stopgap to give both parties more breathing room, saying a succession of short-term fixes could lead to economic uncertainty. Following this morning's 91-9 vote, the bill was sent over to the White House for President Obama's signature.

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