Rep. Adrian Smith votes against budget agreement

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By News 5 Staff

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Updated: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:41:40 CST

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bi-partisan budget agreement tonight by a 332 to 94 vote, but a Nebraska congressman voted against the bill.

If approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama, it would forestall the threat of a government shutdown for two years.

The deal sets spending levels for 2014 and 2015 and lifts about $63 billion from the mandatory sequester spending cuts. 

Members from both sides of the aisle said the agreement was far from perfect, but supporters said the deal represents a common ground breakthrough that's been absent int he budget battles of recent years. 

Sixty-two Republicans voted no, and one of them was Nebraska's Adrian Smith.

The 3rd District congressman called the appropriations process 'broken.'

"The debate over spending is not over," Smith said. "We must continue to pursue reforms to entitlement programs to ensure long-term solvency, and to simplify the tax code."

Smith said there's more work to be done to move beyond the budget showdown of the past several years.

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