Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Bill: Who Voted 'Yea' or 'Nay'

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  • The U.S. Senate passed the debit ceiling bill with a 74-26 vote Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after weeks of wrangling between lawmakers and President Barack Obama.
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    The U.S. Senate passed the debit ceiling bill with a 74-26 vote Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after weeks of wrangling between lawmakers and President Barack Obama.
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    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) is photographed as he talks to reporters about the senate's vote on debt ceiling legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 2, 2011. Congress buried the specter of a debt default by finally passing a deficit-cutting package on Tuesday, but the shadow lingered of a possible painful downgrade of the top-notch American credit rating.
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By Nicola Menzie, Christian Post Reporter
August 2, 2011|2:07 pm

After weeks of intense wrangling between President Barack Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Senate passed the debt ceiling bill Tuesday with a vote of 74-26. Here is a look at which lawmakers voted for or against the debt plan.

Of the 74 lawmakers who voted in support of the bill in U.S. Senate, 28 of them are Republicans, 45 are Democrats and one Independent was included in the list:

Akaka (D-HI), Alexander (R-TN), Barrasso (R-WY), Baucus (D-MT), Begich (D-AK), Bennet (D-CO), Bingaman (D-NM), Blumenthal (D-CT), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Brown (R-MA) Burr (R-NC), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Cochran (R-MS), Collins (R-ME), Conrad (D-ND), Coons (D-DE), Corker (R-TN), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), Durbin (D-IL), Enzi (R-WY), Feinstein (D-CA), Franken (D-MN), Hagan (D-NC), Hoeven (R-ND), Hutchison (R-TX), Inouye (D-HI), Isakson (R-GA), Johanns (R-NE, Johnson (D-SD), Kerry (D-MA), Kirk (R-IL), Klobuchar (D-MN), Kohl (D-WI), Kyl (R-AZ), Landrieu (D-LA), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Lieberman (ID-CT), Lugar (R-IN), Manchin (D-WV), McCain (R-AZ), McCaskill (D-MO), McConnell (R-KY), Mikulski (D-MD), Murkowski (R-AK), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Portman (R-OH), Pryor (D-AR), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Risch (R-ID), Roberts (R-KS), Rockefeller (D-WV), Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen (D-NH), Snowe (R-ME), Stabenow (D-MI), Tester (D-MT), Thune (R-SD), Udall (D-CO), Udall (D-NM), Warner (D-VA), Webb (D-VA), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wicker (R-MS), Wyden (D-OR).

Among the senators who voted against the debt ceiling bill, 19 are Republicans, six are Democrats, and one is an Independent:

Ayotte (R-NH), Chambliss (R-GA), Coats (R-IN), Coburn (R-OK), DeMint (R-SC), Gillibrand (D-NY), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Harkin (D-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Heller (R-NV), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (R-WI), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Lee (R-UT), Menendez (D-NJ), Merkley (D-OR), Moran (R-KS), Nelson (D-NE), Paul (R-KY), Rubio (R-FL), Sanders (I-VT), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Toomey (R-PA), Vitter (R-LA).

President Obama, who had until midnight to sign the debt ceiling bill, put his signature to the legislation within two hours of its passage.

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Now, Congress has two weeks to choose members of the special joint committee tasked with suggesting how $1.2 trillion can be trimmed from the nation's budget in the next 10 years.

Those suggestions will also be up for a future vote in the House and Senate.

 

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