Washington • Rep. Jim Matheson was one of five Democrats who went along with a Republican plan to tie an increase to the debt limit with a balanced-budget amendment.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, passed on a vote of 234 to 190. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, also voted for the bill.
Matheson, Utah's only Democrat in Congress, was one of only a handful of House members who crossed party lines. Nine Republicans voted against the bill that would require deep budget cuts, cap future spending and require the passage of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution before allowing the nation to borrow more than the current debt of $14.3 trillion.