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The House of Representatives passed legislation to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling Monday evening, setting the stage for the Senate to pass the measure on Tuesday.

Locally, Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, voted for the bill while Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, voted against it.

Hanna said he supported raising the debt ceiling, but was "embarrassed" because it took so long for both parties to reach an agreement.

"I always thought we should get this behind us," Hanna said by phone. "This is an issue that's important. But I do agree that we needed to get deep concessions and need to have a plan to go forward."

Hanna was one of 174 Republicans who voted in support the legislation. Democrats were evenly split -- 95 voted for the measure, while the same number voted against it.

Buerkle, however, was one of 66 Republicans to vote against the measure and the only New York Republican to do so.

In a statement, Buerkle explained her vote.

"After careful consideration and reflection of the Budget Control Act, I voted no today," she said. "There were some good aspects to the bill, but this version also creates several new problems. At the end of the day, I was not satisfied that all my questions and concerns had been answered as to potential negative effect of this bill on the people in my district."

 

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