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How did the Alabama delegation vote on the budget deal?

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Just two members of Alabama's delegation in Washington voted for the plan to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling.  The other six voted against it.

Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus and Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell voted for the plan Wednesday night.  After the vote, each released their first statement since the shutdown.

"Unless we accomplish true entitlement reform, we will continue to face these disruptive crises.  There now needs to be bipartisan resolve to decisively address the entitlement programs, Obamacare and Social Security Disability among them, that are the primary drivers of our deficits and national debt," said Rep. Bachus. 

"I voted in favor of H.R. 2775, the bipartisan funding bill, because it was the only responsible thing to do to re-open government and pay our nation's bills. I share the frustrations of millions of Americans who are fed up with the political brinkmanship in the halls of Congress," said Rep. Sewell.

Republican Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Martha Roby and Mike Rogers voted against the budget deal, as did Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby.  Sessions and Shelby were also quick to release statements.

"I firmly oppose this legislation," Sen. Shelby said.  "We should fund the government and safeguard the full faith and credit of the United States.  We should do both, however, by putting our nation on a more responsible fiscal path.  This legislation fails to do so."

Sen. Sessions said, "Now is not the time to pivot to the next issue. We'll hit a new debt limit next year. We must stay focused on the central issue. With falling wages, $1 trillion in welfare spending, and a massive health law that no one can afford, now is the time to pursue a national reform agenda that serves working Americans. Struggling workers deserve a sound financial future – one with better wages, better incomes, and a better plan than borrowing money to mail more government checks."

Now that the country is open for business and avoided default, the real work must begin.   Congressional negotiators are starting talks on solving the nation's budget problems. Republican and Democratic leaders of a joint House-Senate committee met for breakfast Thursday morning. They are promising to search for common ground. The committee has a mid-December deadline.

 

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