Sunday, December 14, 2014

Crapo, Risch Say No to $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill But Senate Passes Measure

Posted By on Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Here's how Idaho's Congressional delegation ultimately voted for a $1.1 trillion budget plan to avert a U.S. government shutdown: one in favor (Rep. Mike Simpson) and three against (Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Rep. Raul Labrador).

Crapo and Risch joined 17 other Republican senators, 20 Democrats and one Independent to vote against the spending plan in a late-night Saturday vote on Capitol Hill, but an equally bipartisan group of 56 senators said yes to the measure. Four senators didn't vote.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the 1,603-page bill into law before federal spending authority expires at midnight on Wednesday.

Senate conservative Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, and liberal Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, led the charge to oppose the plan.

The spending bill provides for a small increase in Pentagon funding, topping out at $64 billion, plus $5.5 billion to help battle the Ebola virus, but cuts funds from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.
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