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U.S. House passes bill to suspend debt limit without support of MT representatives

Montana Republican congressmen candidates Ryan Zinke and Matt Rosendale (left to right).
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Montana Republican congressmen Ryan Zinke and Matt Rosendale (left to right).

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday night to suspend the debt limit until after the 2024 election.

The package made it out of the chamber and passed to the Senate on a bipartisan 314 to 117 vote without the support of Montana’s two representatives.

Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale, representing Montana’s eastern district, radared his intent Sunday to oppose the bill. Rosendale, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, says it tacks trillions of additional dollars on to the national debt.

Republican Ryan Zinke, who represents Montana’s western congressional district, took to Twitter Wednesday to explain his ‘no’ vote. Zinke conceded the bill “was not all bad,” saying it contained needed updates on energy permitting reforms and negotiated spending reductions.

Like Rosendale, however, Zinke could not support the package saying it added trillions to the national debt.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the U.S. could default on its debt obligations by June 5 if lawmakers do not act in time to raise the federal debt ceiling.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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