Peter Roskam, Republican congressman for Illinois' 6th district, voted yes on the budget deal that reopened the federal government and raised the national debt ceiling. In a statement on Rep. Roskam's website, he said:
“Tonight I voted to open the government, remove the threat of default and begin a process where both parties sit down and work on a long-term budget agreement that addresses our crushing debt and deficits. It is my hope that President Obama and Congressional Democrats join us in combating the almost $17 trillion debt that is holding back our economy and diminishing the future prosperity of our children and grandchildren.
“I will continue to fight for fairness for all Americans under the president’s health care law, work to protect individuals from the worst parts of the law and seek solutions to create a patient-centered, cost effective healthcare system that does not put bureaucrats between individuals and their health care providers.”
Crain's Chicago Business breaks down how all of the Illinois congressmen voted on the deal and why:
In the end, only one member of the Chicago area's congressional delegation ended up voting against the last-minute political deal that extended the U.S. debt cap and reopened the partially shut federal government.
But Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, the area's ranking Republican as the chief deputy whip, said he voted yes to "remove the threat of default and begin a process where both parties sit down and work on a long-term budget agreement." He added, "I hope that President Obama and congressional Democrats join us..(and) I will continue to fight for fairness for all Americans under the president's health care law."