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December 7th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Senate Democrats openly upset with tax cut deal

Dana Bash and Ted Barrett
CNN

Senate Democrats are openly expressing their disappointment, and in some cases outrage, with the President Obama's tax cut deal.

And what is most striking walking the hallways and talking to senators is that the palpable frustration is coming not just from liberal Democrats, but moderates as well.

To be sure – despite their dismay – most Senate Democrats are saying they haven't yet decided how they will vote, because they are waiting for more details.

Still, Democrats are telling us they're not only unhappy with the president for breaking a promise that he and others made not to extend Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans, they're also expressing concern about the overall cost of the plan and its impact on the deficit.

"I still seem puzzled at the president's enthusiasm, and the Republicans, giving an income tax break for people making over $1 million. We're borrowing $46 billion to do so," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, a moderate Democrat.

Landrieu also chastised the president for dealing with Republicans without adequately consulting his fellow Democrats, and said she's worried this is the way the next two years will be.

"He's enthusiastic about this new arrangement dealing with the Republican caucus that stated, according to their leader, their number one objective is to unseat him. I can understand trying to appeal to independent voters. I do that myself. I think it's very important. But this sort of enthusiasm for caucusing with Republicans – and he didn't even, literally, didn't even speak to the Democratic caucus. Not any of it. Not the liberal group, not the moderate group, not the conservative group," said Landrieu.

New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg, a liberal, accused the president of "capitulation under pressure."

"I think capitulation under pressure is something that has, in my view, the wrong message and will have the wrong outcome," said Lautenberg.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Adam

    I don't like the deal either, but this is the reality of what has to be done since Republicans won the election.

    December 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  2. Charles Davis

    If for every dollar given to the unemployed we get back 1.62, why not extend the unemployment extensions to the 99ers? It makes no sense to allow every one to receive the tax benefits and not allow more money to be put back into the economy for all the unemployed people!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Kenneth Close

    When are we going to land on the fact they have the majority. Democrats mad at who themselves??

    December 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  4. REE

    The Dems would rather hold the entire economy hostage than take a cue from their leader.

    December 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Jermaine A Taylor

    Congress and Senate had their chance to make something happen, but they did did what lame ducks do.....NOTHING SMH

    December 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm |