Republicans Chuck Grassley and Steve King were the only two members of Iowa's congressional delegation to vote against the deal that has ended the federal government shutdown and extended the government's borrowing authority.
King says once spending issues and the debt limit were joined in one bill, the momentum toward passage was inevitable.
Tom Latham, the other Republican in Iowa's congressional delegation, voted for the deal to end the D.C. stalemate, but called it "the lesser of two evils."
Latham also said he "could not support an irresponsible path that risks defaulting on the full faith and credit of the United States." Latham's colleague Steve King downplays the idea there's a rift now among Republicans in the House.
According to King, Republicans in the House are "tighter" because of the past 16 days.
King, though, says he shared his doubts about the strategy of shutting down the government with his fellow Tea Party conservatives in congress weeks ago.
King also says he's "troubled by a culture" that cannot live within its means.
Both of Iowa's Democratic congressmen voted for the deal, although Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City suggested congress merely "kicked the can down the road" and there'll be another crisis when the stop-gap spending measure runs out January 15th and the new debt limit expires February 7th.
Congressman Bruce Braley says he hopes yesterday's bipartisan deal allows congress to "find the space" to reach long-term solutions. Iowa's U.S. Senators split in yesterday's vote, with Democrat Tom Harkin voting for the deal and Republican Chuck Grassley among the 18 senators who voted against it.
Grassley called the measure a "missed opportunity" to reduce the country's long-term debt. Harkin says the deal will give congress some "breathing room" to make long-term decisions, but Harkin admits the country may be subjected to another cliff hanger in early 2014.
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