McIntyre, Jones split votes on bill to increase debt ceiling - WSFX - FOX Wilmington, NC

McIntyre, Jones split votes on bill to increase debt ceiling

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Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC3) voted against the bill to extend the country's debt ceiling for three months Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC3) voted against the bill to extend the country's debt ceiling for three months

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit.

The House passed the measure by a 285-144 vote, a bipartisan showing on an initiative brought by majority Republicans. The GOP is backing away from its previous demand that any increase in the government's borrowing cap be paired with an equivalent level of spending cuts.

Local Congressmen split their votes on the "No Budget/No Pay Act". Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC7) voted for the proposal.

In an email, Rep. McIntyre explained his vote:  "I have long supported a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Today's bi-partisan passage of the No Budget/No Pay Act will ensure that our nation not default on our payments and pass a budget to control spending.  Businesses, families, state and local governments all have to pass a budget.  It has been four years since the U.S. Senate passed a budget.  Today's vote sends a strong message to the U.S. Senate to work with the U.S. House to pass a budget to control spending and start paying down our national debt."

Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC3) voted against the legislation, explaining his vote in this statement from his office in Washington, DC:  "I'm proud to be the only member of Congress to vote against every increase in the debt limit over the past 9 years. This nation cannot keep kicking the can down the road.  We've got to stop borrowing money from China and wasting it on foreign aid, bailouts and other unnecessary items.  The legislation passed today allows the government to continue its reckless spending and pushes us further down the path of fiscal chaos.  I simply cannot stand for that.  We must cut wasteful spending now."

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said the chamber would immediately move to advance the legislation to the White House, which has announced that Obama would sign it.

Copyright 2013 WECT. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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