Wash. Reps. McDermott, Smith vote no on debt deal
Monday, August 1, 2011
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith are the only two members of Washington's congressional delegation to vote against the compromise proposal to raise the nation's debt limit.
McDermott said in an interview Monday that the bill is bad public policy that leans heavily toward Republican anti-government ideology. The Seattle lawmaker thinks the measure should have included some level of tax revenue increase.
Smith, of Tacoma, didn't immediately respond to a request to comment through a spokeswoman.
The measure passed the House 269-161, with mostly Republican support.
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both plan to support the plan when it comes up in their chamber.