THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The North Coast’s Democratic representatives, Mike Thompson of St. Helena and Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma, split Monday in their votes on the federal debt limit, with Thompson voting yes and Woolsey no.
Thompson, a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, said in a brief statement issued after the vote that the country had run out of time.
“I voted for the compromise legislation to avoid defaulting on our nation’s debt,” he said. “Given that our nation was hours away from defaulting on its obligations, I felt a responsibility to vote yes.”
But Woolsey, who is retiring next year, said the compromise didn’t go far enough. “This is not a balanced approach to controlling spending,” she said during a news conference before the vote with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“It doesn’t ask for shared sacrifice,” she said. “It puts virtually the entire burden on working families and the middle class while asking nothing, and I mean nothing, from billionaires, millionaires, and companies that send jobs overseas.”
Woolsey also said the compromise did not create jobs.
Bart Acocella, Woolsey’s communications director, said the call volume at Woolsey’s office has been significantly higher as Congress wrangled with the legislation, with the majority of the sentiment against the compromise.
Woolsey, who last spring voted for a “clean debt ceiling” increase, called the current compromise an effort to “extort $2.4 trillion in cuts from investments that the American people need.”