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Ending the shutdown: How they voted

Washington state has one distinction in yesterday's vote to end the partial government shutdown and extend the federal debt limit: It is the largest state in which the entire delegation voted yes.

Across the border in Idaho, the delegation was split, 3-1, on the no side.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington was one of the point-persons for the House Republican leadership in defending its tactics on the shutdown, appearing at press conferences and on 24-hour cable news programs. Like many other GOP leaders, she voted to end it Wednesday night, contending “House Republicans have done everything possible to protect the American people from the arbitrary regulations and unnecessary costs of the President's health care law… We did not accomplish everything we hoped. But in the end, the Senate agreed to come to the table and start to talk.”

She said House Republicans are united and will work on fixing “an out-of-control government.”

As a breakdown of the vote in the Washington Post shows, however, they were pretty sharply divided on the vote to end the shutdown. Americans for Limited Government, a group opposed to the Affordable Care Act, is also blasting House Republicans who voted to end the shutdown, saying they “now own Obamacare just as much as if they voted to adopt it in the first place.”

Shutdown protest

OLYMPIA — Members of the public employees' unions gathered on the arched walkway over Capitol Boulevard at lunchtime today with signs calling for an end to the federal government's partial shutdown.

Shutdown cancels WA Guard weekend training

Washington National Guard units canceled monthly training this weekend because of the federal government shutdown.

A Guard spokeswoman said some 8,000 members of Army and Air Guard units across Washington will forego their drill weekend  — and the paycheck from the federal government that goes with that.

Karina Shagren said the training sessions will have to be made up at some future point, and guard members will be paid for that.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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