Havre Daily News: Lawmakers still at odds on debt crisis

Montana’s U. S. lawmakers continue to be on opposite sides of the fence on the compromise bill that just passed Congress, as well as the bills that previously passed the House that were shot down in the Senate and a Senate bill that the House killed before senators had a chance to vote on it.

After weeks of partisan scuffling over raising the nation’s debt ceiling, including the Senate killing two conservative bills from the House and the House killing a Senate bill Saturday, a deal negotiated between the White House and top lawmakers passed today.

“For months, small business owners, seniors and veterans across Montana have been asking me to support a bipartisan agreement to avoid economic default and to make real spending cuts, ” Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in a statement this morning following the Senate vote. “The debate on this issue has shown the worst of Washington. But real problems require tough votes, not politics-as-usual excuses.

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