Hawaii Senators Back Debt Deal Despite Concerns

WASHINGTON — "Yes" votes from Hawaii Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye helped pass the Budget Control Act of 2011 in a 74-26 vote Tuesday morning.

That means that all four members of Hawaii's congressional delegation backed the debt deal that President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday afternoon. Obama's signature means the government immediately has access to $400 billion to pay its bills, with another $500 billion available next month.

The House passed the bill Monday by a vote of 269-161.

Inouye and Akaka both voiced deep concerns about the act, primarily because it does not require any tax increases, which Democrats say are necessary to protect the economy and vital government services.

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