Michigan delegation votes to end shutdown

CRYSTAL FALLS (AP) – Four of Michigan’s nine Republican U.S. House members and all five of its Democratic representatives voted in favor of legislation to avoid a federal debt default and end the 16-day government shutdown.

Michigan Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow both voted yes as the Senate approved the measure, 81-18.

Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, said he voted for the bipartisan compromise Wednesday night to “reopen the government and prevent the country from defaulting.

“Northern Michigan families deserve a government that’s open and running,” said Benishek, a first-term House member representing the Upper Peninsula and a large stretch of northern lower Michigan. “They also deserve to have their finances secure and not be put at risk by a government default.”

The House passed the proposal 285-144, with all 198 Democrats and 87 of 231 Republicans voting yes.

“I’m deeply concerned that a default could lead to higher interest rates and even a larger national debt,” Benishek said in a statement. We can’t let that happen. Moms and dads up here in Michigan shouldn’t be hurt just because Washington can’t get its act together.”