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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.