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All four of Utah's House members all Republicans opposed the budget package, calling it a raw deal that does nothing to curb excessive spending.
"I've always said that any increase of the debt ceiling must be coupled with significant spending and entitlement reforms that will balance our budget and allow us to begin paying down the debt," Rep. Chris Stewart said in a statement. "I could not vote for today's budget deal because it does not include sufficient reforms or spending cuts. I can't agree to immediate spending increases in exchange for the promise of future savings."
Rep. Jason Chaffetz agreed.
"There are several good reasons to vote for it; there are a lot of positive reforms. I like the additional money for the military," Chaffetz said. "But for me busting the budget caps and increasing the debt ceiling without major significant reforms is just a bridge too far."
He added that "everybody" is frustrated with the process of this deal coming out of backroom discussions with little input or ability to change it. "That's one of the fundamental things that has to change around here," Chaffetz said.
Rep. Mia Love used a personal analogy to explain her no vote.
"I don't know a parent who would go to a restaurant, order a big meal, and then hand the bill to their young children. Yet this is exactly what Congress is doing by raising the debt ceiling for two more years," Love said.
She called the deal "budget gimmickry" that doesn't solve any long-term problems.
Rob Bishop also voted no.
Meanwhile, GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jeff Sessions of Alabama sent a letter to their fellow senators urging them to block the budget deal, noting that only four years ago and with fewer Republicans in the House and Democrats controlling the Senate the GOP was able to force spending cuts in exchange for increasing the country's borrowing limit.
"Today, we have a 54-seat majority in the Senate and the largest House majority since 1930, but somehow we have no choice but to roll back these spending cuts and to increase the debt ceiling without any offsets," Lee and Sessions wrote. "We cannot expect things to be any different in the future unless we make a conscious decision to change the way we do business here in the Senate."