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House votes to raise debt ceiling; Rep. Smith votes against measure

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Late Tuesday night, the House passed a debt ceiling increase by a 221-201 margin.

Virtually all desecrates voted for the bill with a small number of republicans broke ranks to pass the measure. 

Nebraska's 3rd Congressional Representative Adrian Smith voted against the move

"The debt ceiling is a reminder we are spending too much money we do not have," says Smith. "The requirement to address this issue is our best opportunity for reform.  It defeats the purpose of a debt limit to simply raise the borrowing authority without doing anything to address the drivers of our long-term deficit.

He adds that any increase in the debt ceiling should be paired with significant budget reforms or other solutions to put our country on a better, more sustainable path.

If the Senate passes the bill with their expected vote today the government will have enough be able to  borough through March 15, 2015. 

Some republicans had wanted to attach an amendment that would roll back recent cuts to veteran's pensions but were unable to get enough support.

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