Minn. GOPer Cravaack Votes Against House Debt Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Congressman Chip Cravaack has bucked Republican leaders and voted against a House bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a government default.

Cravaack, the state’s newest member of Congress, joined fellow Republican Michele Bachmann Friday in voting against the bill. The other Minnesotan Republicans in the U.S. House, John Kline and Erik Paulsen, voted for it.

In a statement, Cravaack says he could not support the bill because “the numbers simply don’t add up.”

State DFL Chair Ken Martin accused Cravaack of forcing a “game of chicken” that “could have serious consequences for Minnesotans.”

The four Democrats in Minnesota’s House delegation all voted against the bill. It passed 218-210.

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