Thursday, October 17, 2013

How the Indiana Congressional Delegation Voted on Shutdown/Debt Ceiling

For the record, here's how members of Indiana's House delegation voted in last night's 285-144 roll call on the bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats — Carson, Y; Visclosky, Y.

Republicans — Brooks, Y; Bucshon, N; Messer, N; Rokita, N; Stutzman, N; Walorski, N; Young, Y.

87 Republicans were willing to vote to protect their country from fiscal disaster, including Reps. Brooks and Young. Five Indiana Republicans, including District 4's Todd Rokita, thought it wiser to continue depriving their country of the services of its federal government and to threaten its full faith and credit.

In the Senate, both Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats voted "yes." But, according to the Star's Matt Tully, Coats had to grumble about it:
Coats criticized both inaction on the debt and the deal’s “Band Aid” approach, but said “the only thing worse would be a continued government shutdown, the United States defaulting on its debt obligations and the elimination of the spending reductions enacted by Congress in 2011.”

Tully's column says of the three Republicans "yes" voters, "You have to at least give them credit for breaking from the nonsense that is too common on Capitol Hill these days." That said, not voting for "nonsense" is a pretty low bar for those responsible for our country's governance.

You can see the entire House roll call here and read Matthew Tully's column here.