Idaho senators vote 'No' on bipartisan budget bill

Idaho senators vote 'No' on bipartisan budget bill

By The Associated Press. CREATED Dec 18, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho's Republican U.S. senators voted against a bipartisan budget deal that now goes to President Obama for his signature.

Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch on Wednesday opposed the plan that passed 64-36.

On the final vote, all 53 Democrats, two independents and nine Republicans voted for the bill.

The package marked a modest congressional accomplishment at the end of a year punctuated by a partial government shutdown, a near-default by the U.S. Treasury and congressional gridlock on issues ranging from immigration to gun control.

In all, however, only one Idaho lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, supported the agreement forged during talks led by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Rep. Raul Labrador, a GOP lawmaker from Idaho's 1st District, also voted against the bill last week.