Nearly all of Indiana’s representatives voted in favor of the budget deal the House of Representatives passed yesterday aimed at averting another government shutdown.
In the 332-94 vote, eight of Indiana’s nine representatives voted to pass the measure. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, cast the one no vote.
Rep. Todd Young, R-9th, said the deal is not ideal but is a good first step.
“I’ve always said we should replace the across-the-board and indiscriminate sequester with targeted, thoughtful spending cuts,” Young said in a statement. “Because it achieves deficit reduction, reforms auto-pilot spending programs, and doesn’t rely on tax increases, this Bipartisan Budget Act meets that criteria. ”
Visclosky has not said why he voted against the bill, but as NPR reports, there are critics on both sides of the aisle.
The deal has been described as having “something for everyone to dislike,” giving neither Republicans nor Democrats a substantial policy victory. It is expected to win endorsement in the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama, perhaps as early as next week.
Here are some key criticisms of the bill:
Democrats say the compromise doesn’t restore money to domestic programs and will not extend long-term unemployment insurance that is scheduled to end after Dec. 28.
Republicans say the deal eases the threat of sequester, removing a key bargaining chip. It also doesn’t include enough spending cuts or reform social programs, they say.
As we reported yesterday, about 19,000 Hoosiers are expected to lose their long-term unemployment benefits at the end of the year.