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Ben Sasse, Deb Fischer

Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer

Republican Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse voted no Thursday as the Senate passed the two-year budget deal already enacted by the House.

Earlier, Republican Rep. Adrian Smith had voted no while Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Don Bacon approved the package.

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"I appreciate the efforts of our congressional negotiators to come to a good faith agreement," Fischer said, "but this deal fails to make the necessary spending reductions or reforms and does not meet the requirements of the national defense strategy."

Sasse said: "Our national debt is already $22 trillion and this deal is going to bankrupt our kids with deficits of more than a trillion dollars every year for the foreseeable future."

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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