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3 of 4 Idaho congressmen vote against budget bill

3 of 4 Idaho congressmen vote against budget bill

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 17, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Three of four of Idaho congressional members cast votes in opposition to the hard-fought legislation that ended the partial 16-day government shutdown and averted a potential federal default.

U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against the bill late Wednesday, as did Rep. Raul Labrador when the House took up the compromise measure.

The only Idaho vote in favor of the bill came from Rep. Mike Simpson, who said he backed the measure to ensure the jobs of thousands of people in his district and statewide.

Last week, Idaho National Laboratory officials said thousands of employees would be laid off if the partial government shutdown lasted until Friday.

As part of the compromise, Republicans and Democrats agreed to reach a budget deal on spending and deficit reduction by December.