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Local reps cast debt limit votes along party lines

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is praising a vote in Congress to lift the debt ceiling and says it removes the threat of default, in his words, "once and for all."

The legislation cleared the Senate on Wednesday and had already passed the House.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D - Ohio) voted in favor of concurring with the House Amendment to Senate Bill 540.  Senator Rob Portman (R - Ohio) voted against the act to temporarily extend the public debt limit.

Representative Tim Ryan (D - 17th Dist. Oh) voted in favor of passage.  Bill Johnson (R - 6th Dist. Ohio) voted against the bill.

Johnson issued a statement saying, "We need to get serious about reining in Washington's out-of-control spending. We cannot continue to pile debt onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. It's time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to come to the table and work with the House to address the very real fiscal challenges our nation faces. " said Johnson. 

The bill has been sent to the White House for President Obama's signature Obama.

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