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Some Washington state lawmakers line up behind debt deal, others undecided

Post by Rob Hotakainen on Aug. 1, 2011 at 11:04 am |
August 1, 2011 11:04 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Congress prepared to vote on a historic plan to cut federal deficits by $2.1 trillion over the next decade and raise the debt ceiling at the same time, members of the Washington state delegation slowly began lining up behind the controversial proposal today.

Three members of the delegation – Belfair Democrat Norm Dicks and Eastern Washington Republicans Doc Hastings and Cathy McMorris Rodgers – announced that they would vote for the plan when the House takes it up later today.

One House member, Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma, was undecided.

“This is a massive piece of legislation with far-reaching consequences, and Congressman Smith is listening to his constituents and studying the deal closely ahead of this important vote,” said his spokeswoman, Libby Denkmann.

Erin Daly, Hastings’ press secretary, said the congressman believes the bill is “not perfect,” but added: “It has no tax hikes, includes more cuts in spending than increases to the debt limit, paves the way for a Balanced Budget Amendment and averts a credit default.”

The Senate is expected to vote on the plan after the House, either tonight or on Tuesday. Neither of the state’s senators – Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell – had announced how they would vote.

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