Deal passed: Your lawmakers explain their votes

Congress approved a bipartisan deal Wednesday to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default, ending a bitter and partisan 16-day impasse.

Rep. Phil Roe, John Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, and Diane Black, all republicans, voted no. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted yes.

After posting the list of how East Tennessee politicians voted on facebook, over 230 people commented, both sides fired up.

Some wanted to 'vote out' the House Republicans for not voting to end the government shutdown.

"The deal that I voted against, the bill that I voted against that passed the House and Senate, does nothing to curb the federal government's appetite for spending," said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-3rd District). "It's not any different than if you were a family sitting at a table, maxed out with three credit cards. The last thing you would do is go get another credit card. We can no longer continue to do this."

With $17 trillion in debt, and the U.S. borrowing about 40 cents per dollar spent, House Republicans said the spending is out of control.

Fleischmann and Representative Phil Roe said the shutdown should never have happened.

"The President said 'I will not negotiate', the Senate would not negotiate, and what we got was a standoff. And it wasn't good for the American people, and it wasn't good for the economy, and it's no way to run a country," said Roe. "We should keep the government open. But you can't keep it open when only one side will negotiate."

The Senate voted 81-18; The House voted 285-144. Only Republicans opposed the deal in each chamber.

On Facebook, many users also fired shots at Senators Corker and Alexander, issuing 'pink slips', and calling them 'traitors,' some surprised by their votes.

"I think everyone around the country, I mean the whole country, because of my involvement, I think knew what I was going to do on this vote so it shouldn't have been a surprise to anybody," said Senator Bob Corker.

Corker said he's confident that within 90 days, Tennesseans will be happy with the final decision.

Fleischmann said there are still many issues to tackle.

"It was not a good deal. It was not even a band-aid on a stab wound," said Fleischmann. "Nobody wants the United States to default on its debt. Nobody. But, at some point in time, we've got to address the fiscal woes of this nation."

Both chambers then adjourned for the rest of the week.


Tennessee lawmakers' votes:


Rep. Phil Roe (R) - No

Rep. John Duncan (R) - No

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R) - No

Rep. Diane Black (R) - No


Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) - Yes

Sen. Bob Corker (R) - Yes


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