Democrats react badly to Obama unemployment deal
President Obama held a press conference on Tuesday to defend the deal he struck with Republicans to extend federal unemployment benefits and the Bush tax cuts for the richest taxpayers, but Democratic lawmakers still expressed their dismay at the deal.
Obama declared that the United States was “founded on compromise” and that he would not be held hostage to some “abstract ideal.” That did little to satisfy some Democrats, who criticized Obama for not pushing hard enough to win the votes for a more progressive package.
Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York tweeted, “Memo to our President: Why are we always punting on 3rd down? Lets get our offense on the field.” Sen. Tom Harkin said it was “not the best deal for our country.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was so outraged by the deal that he announced that he would seek to filibuster the bill when it came up for a vote.