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Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Allen West agree on one thing: their debt vote

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Weston, and her colleague Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, haven't agreed on much lately –- but they do agree on their upcoming debt limit vote.

Wasserman Schultz, who also heads the Democratic National Committee, urged her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote for the deal. She had this to say about the pending debt ceiling vote:

"The President and Democrats' primary focus has been to ensure that we meet our obligations and avoid default while beginning to get our fiscal house in order," she said. "This deal accomplishes that."

"But we're not over the hurdle yet," she added. "I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this compromise and renew their commitment to working to together in a bipartisan fashion to move our country forward."

West, a stalwart of the tea party movement, took to Twitter, quipping, "Before conservatives go criticizing this agreement consider what would have happened if Pelosi, Reid and Obama were still in control."

He added in a statement that he thinks it's "a good plan for the American people."

"There aren't any tax hikes and there isn't a clean raising of the debt limit," he said. "It is focused on real spending cuts of the federal government with draconian stop-gap measures to ensure we enact those spending cuts. A balanced budget amendment to the states is also a part of the agreement, which is a huge victory for Americans."