Idaho Senators Back Debt Ceiling Plan

Idaho Republican Senators (Stuart Summers)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho's Republican senators supported the plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut government spending, a day after the state's U.S. House members split on the issue.

U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo's and Jim Risch's backed the plan that includes eventually cutting $2.4 trillion from spending. It passed 74-26 Tuesday.

A day earlier, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson supported the plan, while Rep. Raul Labrador opposed the proposal that passed 269-161.

The wide margin gave Labrador cover to appease his conservative Idaho constituents who demanded more, without endangering a measure that helps the government avert default.

Risch and Crapo, along with Simpson, decided the compromise -- crafted between President Obama and GOP and Democratic lawmakers -- was a flawed but adequate start to reining in spending while keeping the nation's finances afloat.


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