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HELENA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines says his vote to raise the debt ceiling was about ending the government shutdown, and says he still hopes to repeal "Obamacare."

Daines joined some other Republicans and all Democrats in voting for the deal on Wednesday. The measure funds the government through early next year.

The potential U.S. Senate candidate told Montana Public Radio on Thursday that the vote shows he can split with the Republican majority.

Daines said Montanans made it clear that they wanted the shutdown to end. But he said the public still has concerns about the federal health care law.

A Republican who wants to replace Daines in the House says he would have voted differently. State Sen. Matt Rosendale told supporters that Congress is just sidestepping tough choices.

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