Local Reps in Congress Split on Debt Debate Vote

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - After weeks of contentious debate in Washington on the nation's debt crisis, even Democrats representing the area could not agree on the final outcome when the matter was resolved on Tuesday.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport) voted against the measure to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

"The majority has steadfastly refused to consider a balanced approach to balance our deficit," Slaughter said on the House floor Monday night.

"If the deadline wasn't so ominous relative to the consequence, I would have had a difficult time voting for it," said Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo).

"But I couldn't in good conscious walk away from not taking the action to keep the United States from defaulting on its obligations," he said.

Higgins approved the measure, as did recently elected Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (D-NY26).

"It was a difficult decision," Hochul said. "I felt there was no other choice."

Even New York's senators were split.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted no, while Sen. Charles Schumer voted yes.