Louisiana delegation split on vote

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Three favor, four oppose bill to end shutdown, avert default

Lawmakers from Louisiana were split on the measure signed Thursday by President Barack Obama to end the partial federal government shutdown and avert a potential default.

In fact, as the 16-day stalemate came to a close, the U.S. Congress remains very much divided on the issue.

Voting for passage of the bill and to end the partial shutdown were Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressmen Charles Boustany Jr. and Cedric Richmond.

Casting nay votes were Sen. David Vitter and Congressmen Steve Scalise, Bill Cassidy and John Fleming.

Congressman Rodney Alexander’s seat is currently vacant.

Facing a deadline, Congress passed and sent President Obama legislation late Wednesday night, culminating an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

The Senate voted first, a bipartisan 81-18 vote at mid-evening, clearing the way for a final 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled House about two hours later.

The legislation permits the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 — or perhaps a month longer — and fund the government through Jan. 15.