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Debt deal Illinois vote: Sen. Mark Kirk, yes. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. no. UPDATES

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WASHINGTON--House and Senate members on Monday meet to learn more details of the deal to lift the debt ceiling their leaders negotiated with the White House and announced on Sunday night. As I write this, Vice President Biden is with Senate Democrats as Senate Republicans also huddle.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) coming out of the meeting said he had concerns about the potential of defense cuts but in general, the deal was getting a positive reception. Asked how he will vote, Kirk said, "in the end, I will vote for it."

Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) on Monday issued a statement saying he is a no vote. A progressive Democrat, Jackson said While I will not support the proposed "compromise" gained by extortion and a weak defense, my constitutients will have to live with the consequences of a bad deal should it pass the House and the Senate today as expected."


Dick Durbin (D)
Mark Kirk (R)

Rep. Joe Walsh (R)
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D)

Bob Dold (R)
Judy Biggert (R)
Luis Gutierrez (D)
John Shimkus (R)
Peter Roskam (R)

Jan Schakowsky (D)

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