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Tag: Jim McDermott

Jan.
2nd

Wash. delegation splits on ‘cliff’ vote; GOP yes, Smith and McDermott lone Democrats against

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas was among the 85 Republicans who voted last night to pass the so-called fiscal-cliff bill, saying it falls short of fixing budget problems but was needed to avert income tax hikes on individuals earning less than $400,000 a year.

In Washington state’s delegation, only Democratic Reps. Adam Smith of Bellevue Jim McDermott of Seattle and voted against the deal that avoids hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts but increases deficits by $4.5 trillion over a decade. The vote roll call is here.

Herrera Beutler put out a statement explaining her action, which mirrored that of the other Washington Republicans. Reps. Dave Reichert of Auburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Doc Hastings of Pasco also voted in favor. Read more »

Oct.
10th

Sierra Club gives Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and a C

WASHINGTON – In its national report card released today, the Sierra Club gave the Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and one C.

For the Sierra Club, a national environmentalist organization, the only middle-of-the roader is Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, who earned the C. On Capitol Hill, he has clearly established himself as a moderate, often in step with Democrats on environmental issues.

The Sierra Club gave top marks to Democrats Norm Dicks, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Jay Inslee, and Jim McDermott. It gave failing grades to Republicans Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Jaime Herrera-Beutler.

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