Though the House and Senate voted to approve the debt deal agreement, raising the debt ceiling and avoiding a default, a majority of Indiana’s Congressional delegation voted against the deal.
Five Indiana Congressmen voted against the agreement. In a statement, Democrat Andre Carson said he could not support the bill because of its lack of comprehensive tax reform.
Republican Dan Burton called the deficit reduction plan a sham. He said the deal does not prevent future tax increases or reduce the size of government, and called the automatic spending cuts in the agreement “unrealistic and unworkable.”
Republicans Marlin Stutzman and Todd Rokita, along with Democrat Pete Visclosky, also cast no votes. Republican Representative and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says he was pleased to support the agreement.
“My sense,” he said, “is that the bipartisan compromise on the debt ceiling was not so much a good deal as it was a good start.”
Pence says Congress must continue to strive for fiscal discipline while working to create jobs.
Democrat Joe Donnelly, who is running for Dick Lugar’s Senate seat, called the deal “far from perfect,” but said he supports it because the economy depends on the debt ceiling being raised.
Republicans Larry Bucshon and Todd Young also voted for the agreement.
In The Senate…
Hoosier Senators Dick Lugar and Dan Coats were split on the agreement.
Lugar voted in favor of the agreement, calling it a victory for conservative fiscal responsibility. In a statement, Lugar said even though the deal isn’t everything Republicans wanted, it does not raise taxes and it significantly cuts spending.
Dan Coats was one of 26 senators voting against the agreement Tuesday. In a YouTube video, the Hoosier Republican says the deal is only a baby step:
“I oppose the final bill,” he said, “because it falls significantly short of what is needed to address the severity of this fiscal crisis.”
Coats says the plan does not cut enough, nor does it include any entitlement or tax reform. Coats called for at least four trillion dollars in cuts, while the debt agreement cuts about two trillion dollars over the next ten years.