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U.S. Rep. Walorski votes no on suspending debt limit, says any increase should be coupled with spending cuts

The legislation passed the House, but she thinks any debt-limit hike should be coupled with spending cuts.

Posted on Feb. 12, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski voted against the measure to suspend the debt limit, joining 199 House Republicans.

The measure passed on Tuesday anyway, 221-201, with near-unanimous Democratic backing and the support of 28 GOPers.

The issue gets to the heart of the debate over controlling U.S. government spending, according to Walorski, which figured in her "no" vote.

Here's part of her statement on the vote, issued Tuesday evening:

"Under the current economic circumstances, any long-term increase in the debt limit should be coupled with meaningful reforms that will cut wasteful spending or create more jobs. Anything less is not helping our families. Instead of business as usual, Washington should focus on balancing the budget and paying down our debt."

Now the measure, which would suspend the limit on U.S. debt until March 2015, goes to the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper. Reach him at tvandenack@elkharttruth.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.

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