Senate Democrat in charge of electing Dems voted “no”


The vast majority of Senate Democrats voted for the fiscal cliff deal, but not the man in charge of getting them reelected: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

Bennet, the new chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement that he rejected the agreement because it does little to reduce the deficit. Calling Washington the “Land of Flickering Lights,” Bennet criticized the deal for not setting in motion a long-term debt reduction plan.

“While I do support many of the items in this proposal – for example, extending unemployment insurance, the wind production tax credit and tax cuts for most Americans – I believe they should have come in the context of a comprehensive deficit reduction package,” Bennet said. “Without a serious mechanism to reduce the debt, I cannot support this bill.”

“Putting the country on a sustainable fiscal path and bringing our debt under control is incredibly important to our economy and our standing in the world and is a top priority for me,” Bennet continued. “I remain committed to continue working with any Republican or Democrat willing to address this problem in a serious way. Colorado’s kids deserve no less.”

Bennet was one of only eight “no” votes in the Senate. Eighty-nine senators voted in favor.

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