The US Senate voted on the debt ceiling bill that was passed by the US House on Monday. The vote was passed with a 74-26 vote and then was signed by President Obama. The two Senators from Indiana voted in opposite directions on the bill.
Senator Dan Coats voted against the bill saying “The bill falls significantly short of what is needed to address the severity of this financial crisis. While I am disappointed with the final legislation, I believe progress has been made in this debate.”
The other Indiana Senator, Richard Lugar voted for the bill. His reasoning was that it followed Conservative principle. He agreed with Indiana Representative Mike Pence, who voted for the bill in the US House vote on Monday, saying that while the bill isn’t perfect it is a victory for Conservatives.
Those around Indiana politics believe that Lugar’s vote will further alienate him from his constituency. Lugar’s opponent for his Senate seat, Richard Murdock, is rallying the Tea Party movement because of Lugar’s voting record. Mr. Murdock is the current Indiana State Treasurer.