Who voted against the debt ceiling bill in the Senate? These 35 lawmakers opposed it

WASHINGTON — The debt ceiling deal is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk after the legislation passed in the Senate Thursday night. It means the nation is about to dodge a default.

Sixty-three senators supported the bill, but four Democrats and 31 Republicans said they could not support it, along with Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The 11 amendments tabled in the Senate on Thursday were not adopted.

Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., did not vote Thursday night after returning home to attend his son’s high school graduation ceremony, according to his spokesperson.

Republican senators demanded more defense spending, calling the funds allocated in the agreement insufficient. The legislation caps defense spending in 2024 at $886 billion and $895 billion in fiscal year 2025.

One Democrat, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, introduced an amendment that would have removed a provision from the bill approving the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a gas pipeline project in West Virginia that would cross parts of his state. Kaine criticized the White House for not informing lawmakers that the provision was included in the debt limit negotiations. The amendment was not adopted.

Here is a list of senators who opposed the bill:

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36 senators oppose debt ceiling legislation

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, speaks during the National Conservative Vision 2024 Forum at the Charleston Area Convention Center in Charleston, South Carolina, March 18, 2023.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, speaks during the National Conservative Vision 2024 Forum at the Charleston Area Convention Center in Charleston, South Carolina, March 18, 2023.

Republicans:

  • Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming

  • Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

  • Senator Mike Braun of Indiana

  • Senator Katie Britt of Alabama

  • Senator Ted Budd of North Carolina

  • Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

  • Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas

  • Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho

  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas

  • Senator Steve Daines of Montana

  • Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska

  • Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

  • Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri

  • Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi

  • Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

  • Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana

  • Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma

  • Senator Mike Lee of Utah

  • Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming

  • Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas

  • Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky

  • Senator Pete Ricketts of Nebraska

  • Senator James Risch of Idaho

  • Senator Marco Rubio of Florida

  • Senator Eric Schmitt of Missouri

  • Senator Rick Scott of Florida

  • Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina

  • Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska

  • Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama

  • Senator JD Vance of Ohio

  • Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi

Democrats:

  • Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

  • Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts

  • Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon

Independents:

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Here are the 35 senators who voted against the debt ceiling deal

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