MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Two members of Alabama's delegation in Washington voted for the plan to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling, while six voted against it.
Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus and Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell voted for the plan Wednesday night. Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby voted against it, along with Republican Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Martha Roby and Mike Rogers.
Roby said the plan is the wrong approach, but the shutdown strategy damaged the House's bargaining power in the negotiations.
Sewell said Congress must address the debt crisis, but it is irresponsible to do it at the expense of the American economy. Bachus said there needs to be bipartisan resolve to address the budget problems facing the country, including entitlement programs and the new federal health care law.