Metro-east House members split votes on debt limit, military pensions

The House overwhelmingly repealed the COLA vote 326 to 90.February 12, 2014 

Meanwhile, the metro-east's other two House members, U.S. Reps. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, split their votes on the two measures.

Shimkus voted for lifting the debt limit, but against lifting the retirees' COLA cap. Davis voted against lifting the debt limit, but for lifting the COLA cap.

Davis voted against raising the debt ceiling "because it was a missed opportunity to offer additional spending cuts or common-sense measures like finally pushing through approval of the Keystone pipeline to create tens of thousands of jobs," said Andrew Flach, a Davis spokesman.

The vote to raise the debt limit narrowly passed, 221 to 201, with the great majority of Republican House members voting against it.

Ending the COLA cap for retirees under age 62 will cost a projected $6 billion over 10 years, according to congressional estimates.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@bnd.com or 618-239-2533.

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