Utah's Republican House members all said they all considered voting for the deal passed Wednesday night but decided it didn't do enough to solve ongoing spending issues.
"It just exacerbates the problem," Rep. Jason Chaffetz said. "I have the greatest respect for those who voted yes. I can understand that, and I almost did vote yes. But I prayed about it, I thought about it and I just couldn't do it."
Rep. Rob Bishop called the bill a bad deal.
"All it does is present the same opportunities for a shutdown in three months," Bishop said. "It doesn't really solve anything."
Rep. Chris Stewart said he was confident his vote wasn't needed to end the shutdown.
"It was a hard vote for me," Stewart said, expressing optimism that progress will be made on the budget before the next deadline.
The freshman lawmaker was less sure there would be any significant changes to the health care law, at least while President Barack Obama remains in office.
"The president has made that very clear," Stewart said. "I can't imagine circumstances where he'd be willing to do that."
Contributing: Richard Piatt and Andrew Adams
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