On the brink of a debt default, Congress finally approved a plan late Wednesday evening to temporarily end the shutdown, but nearly every Missouri Republican in Congress voted against the deal.
Many House Republicans are against such use of funds, but U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) and Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) say they support the legislation.
Shimkus, rejecting the two-month extension, says a one-year extension would get the issue “out of political debate.”
The lawmakers argued Sunday that reversing benefits after they’ve been earned, even by questionable means, is probably unconstitutional.
Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill is up for a vote today, but its future is still uncertain.