KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bipartisan bill to raise the debt ceiling, overcoming vocal opposition from conservative and liberal lawmakers and bringing the country one step closer to avoiding an economy-rattling default ahead of next week’s deadline.
The legislation — which was crafted through negotiations between President Biden, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and their designees — cleared the chamber in a bipartisan 314-117 vote.
Then the Senate on Thursday night capped months of contentious debate and voted to send a compromise bill to President Biden’s desk that extends the government’s borrowing authority until January 2025 and staves off a potential default next week.
A large bipartisan majority of the Senate voted 63-36 to approve the bill.
“By passing this bill, we will avoid default tonight. America can breathe a sigh of relief,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared on the Senate floor.
Biden said in a statement Thursday night he would address the country Friday and looks “forward to signing this bill into law as soon as possible.”
“No one gets everything they want in a negotiation, but make no mistake: This bipartisan agreement is a big win for our economy and the American people,” he said.
Here’s how Congressional representatives from Missouri and Kansas voted on the deal Wednesday:
Sen. Eric Schmitt
Missouri’s newest senator voted no on the debt ceiling, saying, “We need to stop the reckless government spending that takes money out of Missourians’ pockets. That is why in its current form – I cannot support the Fiscal Responsibility Act.”
Sen. Josh Hawley
The Missouri Republican voted against the debt ceiling deal on Thursday.
“On the debt ceiling, my view is the most important deficit we face is the trade deficit with China. Every dollar represents jobs lost (60k & counting in Missouri), industry lost, communities decimated.
“We’ve got to quit making China rich & get good blue-collar jobs back in USA,” Hawley tweeted. “This deal doesn’t do that. So I’m a no.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-1st District)
Bush voted no on the debt ceiling deal Wednesday. Earlier in the day, she said as a former SNAP recipient she cannot, in good conscious, take food out of people’s mouths.
The Biden-McCarthy agreement would expand work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps — a longtime Republican priority.
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-2nd District)
Congresswoman Ann Wagner voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal, saying, “Make no mistake, this is the largest spending cut in history, over $2 trillion.”
“The President started by asking for a blank check and new credit card. Speaker McCarthy was able to get him to negotiate a good first step toward getting our spending under control. We now need a Republican Senate and President to take the next steps.”
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-3rd District)
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer voted yes on the debt ceiling bill, saying House Republicans forced Biden “to accept the largest spending cut in history.”
“We still have a long way to go to get the government’s finances in order, but this bill (the most conservative debt ceiling package Congress has passed in over a decade) is a good step toward achieving that goal,” the Republican said.
Rep. Mark Alford (R-4th District)
The Missouri Congressman voted no on the debt ceiling, saying, “the legislation does not go far enough to cut our debt, rein in federal spending levels, or make sure our military is properly funded for the emerging threat that is Communist China.”
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-5th District)
Hours before the House voted, Cleaver said he would be voting yes on the debt ceiling deal, and he stuck true to that Wednesday. Cleaver told FOX4’s Washington Bureau it would be “selfish” to allow petty personal feelings to allow the United States to default.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-6th District)
Congressman Sam Graves voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal, saying:
“This bill is a step in the right direction. While the Fiscal Responsibility Act includes the largest spending cuts in American history and requires the President to offset the costs of his administrative actions, there’s more wasteful spending that needs to be cut if we want to get this inflation crisis under control.”
Rep. Eric Burlison (R-7th District)
Representing southeast Missouri, Burlison voted against the debt ceiling deal Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Congressman said “after carefully reviewing the bill text and fielding phone calls from my constituents,” he could not support the bill.
Rep. Jason Smith (R-8th District)
Congressman Jason Smith, who is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, voted in favor of the debt ceiling bill Wednesday.
“Americans are tired of spending money we don’t have on policies that don’t work. The debt ceiling deal cuts spending, holds the Biden Admin accountable, and makes room for more reforms,” he said.
Sen. Jerry Moran
The Kansas Republican voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal, saying a default would not benefit Kansans or Americans.
“It is vital to our economy and our national security that we do not default and we preserve the dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency,” he tweeted.
Sen. Roger Marshall
Kansas’ Republican Sen. Roger Marshall said he cannot support the debt ceiling deal and voted against the bill.
“The debt ceiling bill gives nothing to secure the southern border, doesn’t stop Democrats from pushing another round of Ukraine funding, and adds $1.3 trillion to our debt,” Marshall said.
Rep. Tracey Mann (R-1st District)
Rep. Tracey Mann voted no on the debt ceiling deal, saying, “While I commend Republican Leadership for taking a much-needed step and putting forward a plan to rein in out-of-control government spending, I did not vote for the legislation that passed the House today.”
Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-2nd District)
Rep. Jake LaTurner voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal, saying, “Defaulting on our nation’s debt would result in a global financial crisis — crippling 401ks and triggering disastrous implications for families across Kansas.”
Rep. Sharice Davids (D-3rd District)
On Wednesday, Rep. Sharice Davids voted to support the bipartisan agreement.
“Today I voted for a bipartisan agreement to prevent default and save our economy from potential catastrophe,” she said.
“This deal is not perfect, but compromise from both sides was necessary to reach a final agreement. It accomplishes the core priorities I pushed for: we agreed to pay our bills, we avoided cuts to Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits, and we agreed to move onto a bipartisan path to address our nation’s budgetary challenges without holding our economy hostage.”
Rep. Ron Estes (R-4th District)
Congressman Ron Estes voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal on Wednesday. The day before, the Wichita Republican told the House Rules Committee he supports the bill and is “cutting wasteful spending and promoting economic growth.”