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Belatedly. Have at it.

UPDATE: Arkansas's congressional delegation supported passage of the debt ceiling bill in the House. Statements from Crawford and Ross on the jump.

Rep. Rick Crawford:

“Tonight I voted for fiscally responsible legislation that ensures America pays its debt and does not increase the burden on our country’s job creators. The Budget Control Act will cut government spending by more than the debt ceiling is raised, does not raise taxes, caps reckless spending, and advances the Balanced Budget Amendment through Congress. While this legislation is not perfect, the seeds of the solution to Washington's problem are planted in this bill - the Balanced Budget Amendment. This bill is a fundamental step in the right direction, implements structural changes to the way Washington does business, and allows America to live up to its greatness.”

Rep. Mike Ross:

“At last, cooler heads prevailed and we were able to pass a bipartisan agreement that secures America’s financial standing in the world, forces tough decisions to reduce our national debt and makes meaningful spending cuts that protect seniors’ Social Security and Medicare benefits. While this bill is a step in the right direction, we still have a lot of work to do to get this nation’s fiscal house back in order. As a fiscal conservative, I will continue to be a moderating voice in this debate, bringing everyone to the table as we find commonsense ideas that help us return to the days of a balanced budget and a stronger economy.

"This entire debate has demonstrated just how dangerous partisan bickering has become. For months now, both sides have played political games with this issue, catering to their own respective extremes, and bringing our economy to the brink of a financial crisis. It’s become clear that we need more centrist members of Congress who are willing to reach across the aisle, compromise and work together. This nation needs bipartisan, long-term solutions if we are ever going to truly solve our fiscal crisis. Job creators and the American people need the certainty of a strong, stable economy and it’s our job to work together and make that happen as soon as possible.”

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