Election Central

Simpson, challenger Smith spar over budget vote

Incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson hailed the passage of a compromise budget bill in the U.S. House of Representatives as a deficit-reducing measure that will protect Idaho National Laboratory.

His challenger, Bryan Smith, called Simpson a liberal and “Idaho’s ‘odd man out’” for voting in favor of a bill that reduces federal sequester spending cuts from earlier this year. Smith suggested Simpson will be the only member of Idaho’s congressional delegation to vote in favor of the bill, which would fund the government through 2015.

Neither of Idaho’s senators, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, had formed an official opinion on the bill as of Friday morning. Crapo was leaning toward a “no” vote, spokesman Lindsay Nothern said.

Some senators have predicted passage of the budget deal when the Senate takes it up next week.

Raul Labrador was one of 62 Republicans who voted against the bill Thursday, which passed the house with “yes” votes from 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats. Thirty-two Democrats voted against the bill.

Check here for more information on the bill.

Here’s Simpson’s press release on his vote.

Here is Smith’s release criticizing Simpson.

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