Posted: Aug 2, 2011 4:53 AM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Aug 2, 2011 12:39 PM
So how did Acadiana's Congressional leaders vote?
Even though Congressmen Jeff Landry and Charles Boustany share the same political party, they don't share the same feelings on the debt deal and that could have implications in 2012.
Congressman Charles Boustany compromised like so many other Republicans, saying they did get a major gain out of the deal with no tax increases, cuts greater than the increase in the debt limit, and advancing the balanced budget amendment.
But for Congressman Jeff Landry, that wasn't enough to get his vote.
Landry says,"we had in my belief an opportunity to seal a balanced budget agreement into this deal as it played out and we failed to do so."
UL Political Science Professor Ryan Teten says their votes could come into play in the next election, as Boustany and Landry are likely to face off when their two south Louisiana districts become one in 2012.
And, constituents are already voicing their opinions about the two opposing votes on KATC's Facebook Page, either praising Boustany for the compromise or hailing Landry for sticking to his guns.