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Idaho Republicans Split on Budget Vote

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s Republican congressmen again parted ways on a budget vote. Yesterday, eight-term U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson aligned with House Speaker John Boehner and other backers of the measure that passed 332-94, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats.

That didn’t stop second-term Rep. Raul Labrador from branding the bi-partisan package “a bad deal, plain and simple.” For Simpson, it protects funding for the Idaho National Laboratory, shores up rural schools’ budgets — and reduces the federal deficit by $23 billion, all without raising taxes.

Labrador, meanwhile, wrote the measure off as yet another empty “promise of future spending decreases in exchange for actual spending increases today.” The deal was brokered by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. It’s expected to pass the Senate next week.

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