October 28, 2015
The U.S. House approved Wednesday a budget that raises the debt limit and puts in place a two-year spending plan.
Republican Rep. Martha McSally joined the four Arizona Democratic House members in voting for the budget deal, while the state’s four other GOP members voted no. Here's a look at how the Arizona delegation voted.
Rep. Trent Franks, R, voted no
Rep. Ruben Gallego, D, voted yes
Rep. Paul Gosar, R, voted no
He told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s tough when you see deals like the crap we have today. You can’t keep doing that."
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D, voted yes
In a joint statement with the other co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., he said: “While the proposed budget meets many of the budget principles laid out by the Progressive Caucus, it is not a visionary budget. We need to raise revenue and end sequestration. We need to invest in infrastructure, workforce training, medical research, education and environmental sustainability. We are concerned that this deal could force Social Security Disability Insurance recipients to jump through unnecessary hoops to get the benefits they have earned.”
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D, voted yes
Rep. Martha McSally, R, voted yes
“Today’s vote is about providing certainty to Southern Arizona families, businesses, and seniors and strengthening our national defense. The Bipartisan Budget Agreement takes us away from the harmful partisan brinkmanship and salami slice-style budgeting that has weakened our military and hurt our readiness. It provides stability to our brave men and women serving in harm’s way, whom the president has shamefully been using as a political bargaining chip over the last month. The agreement also takes many positive actions like preventing a Medicare premium spike on millions of seniors (and) avoiding a catastrophic default on our debt.”
Rep. Matt Salmon, R, voted no
“Establishing a statutory debt limit, and then raising it whenever the set amount is reached highlights a problem Americans have been aware of for some time: Washington politicians are unwilling to ever rein in their spending. The same is true today. Through this misguided bill, our departing speaker cut a deal with President Obama and Congressional Democrats, behind closed doors, to ensure that our nation reaches $20 trillion in debt and forced it on the House in violation of the commitments we made to the American people only a few short years ago. The bill ‘pays for’ a bailout to the Social Security Disability Trust Fund by stealing from America’s retirees and further imperiling the Social Security Trust Fund.”
Rep. David Schweikert, R, voted no
Schweikert said he “vigorously” voted no and encouraged others to do the same for what he called a “debt budget deal.” He said it takes money from Social Security. “There is some great lip service (in the deal) and then some really bad math.”
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D, voted yes
“Too often Washington looks for excuses instead of making the tough decisions that put our country on the right path. While far from perfect, this budget agreement is a bipartisan solution that ensures the government pays its bills on time and avoids another disastrous shutdown. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find long-term, commonsense solutions to reduce the deficit, cut wasteful spending, and encourage economic growth.”