Politics
8:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Missouri Senators voted to reopen federal government

Senator Roy Blunt
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Both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators voted in favor of the bill Wednesday night that reopened the federal government and raised the country’s debt ceiling.

The measure -- approved by the House and Senate and signed by the President early Thursday -- restores funding for the government through Jan. 15 and extends the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says he hopes the government learned some lessons during the 16-day shutdown.

“It’s clear that the government spends too much, and it borrows too much," Blunt said. "Those really have to be the two main targets after yesterday’s vote, and it’s time we got back to the business of debating priorities and setting those priorities and having some process that works.”

All Republican House members from Missouri voted against the bill reopening the government while the two Democratic congressmen voted in favor of it.