But the deal, which aims to save $2.1 trillion over 10 years and raise the debt ceiling beyond the 2012 elections, did not win over liberals in the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said the deal “is probably going to mean probably about another million public-sector jobs being lost.” DeFazio also blasted it for not including funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is currently locked in a partial shutdown because of a legislative logjam on Capitol Hill.
No one seemed more devastated over the plan than members of the Congressional Black Caucus, however. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who read to reporters a constituent letter urging him to oppose the deal, said, “A number of Members are concerned that you have a strong tea party, which is at the far right, which is basically holding Congress and the nation hostage, and a lot of people are concerned.”
“This is a process, and we just can’t make a decision for this moment, we have to make it for years to come,” the Maryland Democrat said when asked if he would support the measure. “The ramifications of this deal ... are going to be long-lasting.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.