Most of the Quad-City congressional delegation voted for the budget deal that reopened the government after a brief shutdown Friday, even as critics said it abandoned young immigrants known as Dreamers and would balloon the federal deficit.
Only Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, voted against the budget deal, with his office saying it was because congressional leaders went back on a pledge related to the extension of the biodiesel tax credit.
Otherwise, Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, all voted for the deal.
Congress voted on the agreement in the early hours Friday morning and President Donald Trump signed it into law.
Each of the lawmakers representing this area were critical of aspects of the agreement, but they said on balance it was worth their support.
"While the bill is not perfect, and does nothing to address the protections that are expiring for Dreamers, it represents a commonsense way to move our nation forward and can hopefully allow continued action on the issues important to Iowans, such as creating jobs and growing the economy," Loebsack said.
Bustos praised the bill's funding for Community Health Centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, as well as the help it gives military installations, like the Rock Island Arsenal.
She blamed Speaker Paul Ryan for his "inability to do anything to address expiring protections for Dreamers who need our support now."
Immigration advocates complained, however, that Democrats folded on the issue. Ben Wikler, Washington director for the group MoveOn complained on Twitter that Democrats "shut out out the voices of Dreamers and traded away their power."
In the Senate, Ernst said she cast her vote for the deal because it would devote more resources to the military.
"I have long called to remove the caps that hamstring our military, and it is a relief that they will now have the long overdue stability to continue their missions in defense of our great nation," she said.
The budget deal includes increases over the next two years in military and domestic spending, including disaster relief. It also raises the debt ceiling.
However, the deal also drew anger from organizations that said it would be a disaster for future generations who will pay the cost.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the deal would add $320 billion to the deficit over the next decade, $420 billion with interest.
"No one voting for this bill can claim to care about the debt and deficits – in fact, it is fiscal malpractice," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the organization.
The biodiesel credit at the center of Grassley's objection was renewed for a year so it's retroactive to 2017. However, the industry asked for a two-year extension. Renewing it for just a year will make it more difficult for biodiesel plants to be able to increase production.
Grassley said earlier in the week the leadership made him a promise, and the budget deal went back on it.
A Grassley spokesman said Friday there were parts of the budget deal Grassley wrote and supported. But "ultimately, there were commitments that leadership made to him that weren't honored, so he voted against it," said Michael Zona, the spokesman.