Idaho House Delegation Split On Debt Ceiling Vote
Idaho lawmakers split on the House-passed compromise bill to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and cut federal budgets. Second Congressional District Rep. Mike Simpson, who presided in the speaker's chair during the afternoon debate, voted for the plan, which passed, 269-161. First Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador voted no. Meanwhile in the senate, Idaho senator Mike Crapo says he will vote for the package but says there's still work to be done. No word yet on how Senator Jim Risch plans to vote. The 269-161 vote in the House came after Republican leaders spent the day urging recalcitrant conservatives to support the bill. The Senate, where support is stronger, is expected to take up the bill later today.