Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., voted Wednesday night in favor of the Senate proposal to temporarily increase the national debt limit, extend federal appropriations and reopen parts of the government that have been closed since Oct. 1. The measure passed the Democratic Senate in an 81-18 vote. The Republican-controlled House was expected to vote on the proposal later Wednesday. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, said he would vote against the measure. “Hoosier families are struggling under the weight of Obamacare’s job-killing mandates and the nation’s crushing $17 trillion debt. This bill does nothing to provide relief of those issues or end special treatment for members of Congress under Obamacare and therefore I will oppose it,” Stutzman said in a statement.
Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th, also said he would oppose the legislation.
Coat expressed some reluctance and vowed to continue to push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, one of the sticking points in a partisan stalemate over spending that allowed appropriations to lapse at the end of fiscal 2013.
"While I deplore supporting yet another short-term Band-Aid, 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," Coats said in a statement.
“I am disappointed with this outcome, but my commitment to reducing our debt, growing the economy and getting Americans back to work will not waver. I will be an integral part of the ongoing effort to address our nation’s serious financial challenges," Coats said.
Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also voted in favor of the debt deal, which was agreed earlier in the day by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.