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Gazette Premium Content How Colorado's congressmen voted on deal to end shutdown, raise debt limit

By Allison Sherry, The Denver Post Published: October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — Conceding defeat on using Obamacare as leverage to negotiate federal government spending and borrowing, all but one of Colorado's Republicans on Wednesday supported a proposal to fund and reopen the partially shuttered federal government and increase the nation's borrowing limit.

GOP Reps. Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton supported the measure late Wednesday, joining Colorado's three Democrats. Rep. Doug Lamborn voted against the deal, saying he didn't like that Obamacare was not significantly reformed or defunded.

"We don't default on our debt. That's plain and simple," Gardner said. "We are hours away from default and that is unacceptable outcome and an unacceptable consequence."

Just a few weeks ago, all four Republicans voted for a number of federal government funding bills that dismantled the Affordable Care Act — something rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate that led to the 16-day partial government shutdown.

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