Wash. Rep. McDermott to vote against debt deal

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Rep. Jim McDermott says he plans to vote against the compromise proposal to raise the nation’s debt limit and cut spending.

The Democrat said in an interview Monday that his vote is somewhat of a protest against what he believes is bad public policy in the bill. He said he would vote for the measure if it looks like it was going to fail because he believes it is critical for the nation to raise the debt limit.

McDermott believes the bill is heavy on Republican anti-government ideology. He thinks the measure should have included some level of tax revenue increase.

McDermott is the first member of the state’s delegation to publicly oppose the bill.