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LaHood votes no, Sorensen yes on resolution that avoids government shutdown

Darin LaHood and Eric Sorensen
U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood, left, and Eric Sorensen represent parts of Bloomington-Normal and Peoria in the House.

The two U.S. House members who represent Bloomington-Normal and Peoria split their votes Tuesday on a continuing resolution that avoids – or at least delays – a government shutdown.

The House voted overwhelmingly, 336 to 95, to approve an unusual two-tier spending bill to keep some government offices open through mid-January while others would operate through the beginning of February. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure later this week.

Rep. Darin LaHood, a Republican from Dunlap, was one of 93 Republicans voting against the measure.

“With over $33 trillion in federal debt, we can’t continue to govern through continuing resolutions without taking substantive steps to reduce spending," LaHood said in a statement. "In Illinois, every family and small business must meet a monthly or yearly budget and it is long past time that Congress does the same. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue our Appropriations process through regular order to return fiscal sanity to Washington.”

Rep. Eric Sorensen, a Democrat from Moline, was one of 209 Democrats voting for it.

"Last night I voted ‘yes’ on a bipartisan, short-term funding package so we could avoid a disastrous government shutdown that would hurt Illinois families," Sorensen said in a statement. "But moving forward, the American people deserve so much better. We need to stop the partisan fighting and come together on a full budget that works for Central and Northwestern Illinois.”

Read more about Tuesday’s vote and next steps at NPR.org

Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.
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