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Some Republicans Who Voted Against Debt Ceiling Deal Are Happy It Passed Anyway

Several House Republicans who voted “no” on the agreement to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government said afterwards they were still glad the deal was made. Huh?

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When the House voted in the late hours of the night to raise the debt ceiling, many Republican members voted against the deal for various reasons. But some members who voted “no” on the deal took to the Internet and the media to say they were pleased a default was avoided while continuing to stand by their vote.

On the night of the vote, Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski wrote on Facebook that she was “glad” a deal was reached.

“As I have said before, I do not support defaulting on our nation’s debt. Tonight, I am glad that a deal was reached to temporarily avoid default and reopen the government, allowing more time for the House and Senate to reach a long-term compromise,” she wrote. “However, without any spending cuts or budget reforms aimed at getting our fiscal house in order, I could not support this plan.”

The following day, South Dakota Rep. Krisi Noem said she thought it was a good thing to reopen the government and avoid the default, “however, I could not support this bill because it didn’t do anything to address our continued deficit spending, which has resulted in a $17 trillion debt.”

Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania also voted against the deal, but said he was “glad” a default was avoided.

“Although we’ll all be glad when this current impasse is over, the fundamental issues at hand remain unchanged: we’re nearly $17 trillion in debt and are in the process of bankrupting programs like Social Security and Medicare,” he said.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said it was “good” to avoid a default, but there was still more work to do.

“Is it good to avert what would have happened tomorrow? Of course. Yes,” Gowdy said. “Are we any closer to a global solution? No.”

The deal passed the House 285-144. It will keep the government funded through Jan. 15 and will allow the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7.

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