Virginia and Maryland lawmakers aren’t pleased with everything in the compromise bill to keep the nation from defaulting on its debt, but many say they support the effort anyway.
Lawmakers have been getting an earful from angry voters, and that extended to the House floor today where nine protestors were arrested in the gallery after chanting their opposition to the compromise measure on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.
But with Maryland and Virginia facing the threat of a credit rating downgrade if the deal isn't passed, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says it was easy to win his support for the bill.
"There's plenty for members of both parties to find objectionable and they might be right," says Connolly. "But the choice before us is not that between this proposal and some platonic ideal. It is between this proposal and catastrophic default tomorrow!"
Many lawmakers are still taking their time digesting the legislation though. The bill cuts money for student loans and sets up the potential for big cuts to Medicare.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) says she's leaning toward supporting the bill but is still reviewing its content.
"I want us to meet our obligations, but I want to be sure that it's not so stark and stern we can’t meet our obligations to the next generation."
The House is expected to vote on the debt ceiling legislation later this evening.