The federal government avoided economic catastrophe today after the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to increase the debt-ceiling yesterday. The bill cleared the Senate this morning, and President Barack Obama signed it into law moments ago.
The vast majority of Arizona's members of Congress, apparently, were no fans of the bi-partisan bill -- only two Arizona House members voted in favor of the bill, which kept the federal government from going into default.
So how did your member of Congress vote on the bill? Find out below:
District 1: Representative Paul Gosar (R) was the lone House Republican who VOTED IN FAVOR of the bill. In a press release, he says he voted for the bill, even though "it was far from perfect."
District 2: Representative Trent Franks (R) voted NO on the bill, noting in a press release that throughout the debate, he "steadfastly insisted that any debt ceiling legislation I would support must require future spending accountability in the form of a Balanced Budget Amendment," despite Senator John McCain's warning that such an amendment was unrealistic given the current makeup of Congress.
District 3: Representative Ben Quayle (R) who gave the following explanation for his NO vote: "Due to the design of the bill's trigger mechanism, I am concerned that President Obama will be able to use the threat of tax hikes and drastic defense cuts to continue to amass record levels of spending."
District 4: Representative Ed Pastor (D) voted NO on the bill. Representative Pastor doesn't have much to say about the bill -- or anything else for that matter.
District 5: Represntative Davod Schweikert (R) voted NO on the bill because "while this deal was well-intended and skillfully negotiated, I cannot in good faith vote for a bill I know does not do enough to bend the curve of our rapidly escalating debt."
District 6: Representative Jeff Flake (R) voted NO on the bill because, he says, I don't think that this deal takes into account the severity of the budget crisis we face. The age-old trick in Washington is to produce a ten-year budget with serious cuts only taking effect in later years. This deal continues that practice. Additionally, the requirement for a balanced budget amendment, which was included in the Boehner bill, was excluded from the final legislation."
District 7: Representative Raul Grijalva (D) voted NO on the bill because "the people who are going to be hurt are small businesses, students, and senior citizens."
District 8: Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D) made her first Congressional vote since getting shot through the brain during the January 8, shootings in Tucson. She is the lone Arizona Democrat who VOTED IN FAVOR of the bill, saying in a press release that "I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what's going on in Washington...After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge...I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics."
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