After months of political wrangling that has left the public weary, a compromise to raise the debt ceiling appears to have been reached. On Monday, the House of Representatives voted to prevent the nation from defaulting on its loans and having its credit rating downgraded.
The vote was passed 269-161, with 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voting no. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote.
People on both sides of the political spectrum seemed less than thrilled with the compromise. Some politicans were saying the deal didn’t go far enough in making cuts to out of control federal spending, while others thought not enough efforts were made to increase revenue as the rich continue to benefit from the Bush tax cuts.
Mike Honda (D-San Jose) was quoted before the vote as saying he could not “support this bill unless I am certain that it includes protections for the most vulnerable and the middle class.”
Honda went on to label the last few months a “a crisis manufactured by Republican leadership.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she supports the deal despite recognizing it is far from perfect. “Sausage making is not pretty,” she said. “But the sausage we have, I think, is a very different sausage from when we started.”
While many in the House and Senate disagree on how to come to terms on raising the debt ceiling, which has never received so much attention in the past, public polling shows Americans, regardless of political affilitation, are united in their distaste for the entire process.
According to the LA Times, “A staggering 72% had nothing but derision in describing the process.”
Here is a list of how Bay Area representatives voted, according to ABC:
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton
Rep. Barbara Lee D-Oakland
Rep. George Miller, D-Concord.
Nancy Pelosi, D-San Fracnsico
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto