And how are Northwest congressional Democrats responding to the uproar over the proposed Obama-GOP tax deal?
Oddly, the reaction has been only thinly pointed up in the local mass media. But generally, they don't seem to like it much. To say the least; in fact, they've provided much of the core of the opposition.
The Oregonian did have a piece this morning about Representative Peter DeFazio, who offered a resolution urging that the deal not even be allowed on the House floor without changes. (Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to the caucus terms.)
As you might expect with DeFazio, he was blunt in saying why: "This is a bad deal for the American people. The President has allowed himself to be blackmailed by the Senate Republicans and I will not support it. Compromise requires give and take, but once, again, the middle class gave and the millionaires took.”
Representative Jay Inslee of Washington's 1st district was a seconder; he has remarked, "America should not negotiate with hostage takers. That’s unacceptable. We should work with the bipartisan agreement we have – extension of middle class tax cuts. Our nation can’t afford to balloon the deficit by $700 billion.”
Then there was the letter released yesterday circulated by Vermont Representative Peter Welch, with 54 signers opposed to the deal. They included DeFazio and Inslee but also Washingtonians Jim McDermott and Adam Smith (who has been one of Obama's first and strongest supporters in Washington, and Oregonians Earl Blumenauer and David Wu. That's six of the current 11 Democratic House members from the Northwest.