BOISE -- Idaho's congressional leaders were not all on board with the bill to end the government shutdown.

Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were just two of 18 senators to vote no Wednesday night, and in the House, Representative Raul Labrador also voted no.

Representative Mike Simpson was Idaho's only congressional leader to vote in favor of the bill.

Below are statements from the Idaho delegation after Wednesday's vote:

Congressman Raul Labrador:

Like nearly all of my colleagues, I promised my constituents in 2010 and 2012 that I would fight ObamaCare - not just cast symbolic, meaningless votes - but work hard to roll it back whenever and wherever possible. I also promised that I would oppose raising the debt ceiling without meaningful cuts to government spending.

During the past month, Republicans in Congress have been united on the issue of fairness for the American people on health care. We also stood strong on the debt ceiling, insisting we would not raise it without reducing the debt. Unfortunately, what Congress is passing today gets us out of the immediate political mess engulfing Washington D.C. without making any substantial changes for the American people.

Congressman Mike Simpson:

The easiest, most politically expedient thing for me to do would have been to vote NO and protect my political right flank, said Simpson. Doing so, however, would have been the wrong thing to do for my constituents and our economy. My vote today was about the thousands of people facing layoffs at INL, the multitude of businesses across Idaho that have told me their livelihoods are at stake, and the millions of folks across the country who can t afford the devastating impacts of default on their investments and retirements. There has to be a way to address our nation s fiscal problems without making them worse in the process. That is the result I will continue working toward during the time we ve afforded ourselves with today s agreement.

Senator Jim Risch:

The United States faces serious long-term debt and spending challenges that we must confront now, Risch said. Sadly this deal kicks the can down the road for three months and I could not support it. The federal government continues to borrow too much, spend too much, and intrude into the lives of Americans too much. I hope the President and my Democrat colleagues will offer serious proposals to find a solution instead of turning this situation into another crisis in January.

Senator Mike Crapo:

Americans are justifiably angry with Congress for its failure to come together to provide real solutions to our growing debt crisis, Crapo said. While this measure does some good by preventing a default on the debt, ending the government shutdown, preserving the spending restraints put in place by the Budget Control Act and requiring both houses of Congress to move forward with the long-overdue budget process, it does almost nothing to address our long-term mandatory spending and debt problems or correct the still-unfolding problems with the president s health care law. Congress established debt ceilings to provide the opportunity to debate the government s spending habits. Unfortunately, continuing resolutions perpetuate the problem of keeping government spending on autopilot. We cannot continue this unrestrained spending. It is time to make the hard decisions regarding our dire fiscal situation, and I am going to keep the pressure on to get it done.

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