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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The only member of Maryland’s congressional delegation to vote against raising the nation’s borrowing limit says he couldn’t support the measure because it doesn’t do anything to reduce the budget deficit this year or deficits in future years.

Rep. Andy Harris is the only Republican in the state’s congressional delegation. He also says he opposed the bill because he says it continues special treatment for members of Congress from requirements under the health care overhaul. He also says the legislation “continues accounting gimmicks.”

Harris says the government shutdown occurred because the Senate and President Barack Obama insisted on special treatment for large corporations and for themselves and their staff. He says the Senate bill “just kicks the can further down the road.”

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