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House Democrats seethed over the tax-rate deal cut by U.S.
Representative after representative railed against the plan, saying Obama acquiesced to Republican demands to extend tax rates for all brackets, including high-end taxpayers, in exchange for an extension of unemployment insurance and other Democratic-favored tax breaks, Politico reported.
“Our guys got taken to the cleaners,” sources in the room reported Maryland Rep.
Republicans have signaled they would provide nearly total support for the measure, meaning less than four dozen Democrats would be needed to approve it, Politico said.
Those who spoke in favor of the plan were met with silence while other speaking against it got rounds of applause, people who attended the meeting said..
“I am not about to play a game of chicken with my constituents’ lives, hoping Republicans are going to blink in January,” Berkley said after the caucus meeting.