The Washington Times - December 14, 2010, 08:24PM

Outgoing Congressman Alan Grayson, Florida Democrat, is not at all happy with the tax rate extension bill compromise. On his way to a Democratic caucus meeting, he told me Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said the bill would not come to the floor “until its changed.” 



Congressman Grayson noted that Democrats went to the White House to to discuss the tax rate extension compromise, but they were not in the “operative” meetings “that mattered” in the end. 

Mr. Grayson expressed disappointed that President Obama is taking Democrats for granted, telling me:

“I do feel the president is operating under the assumption that he can take Democratic votes for granted and I don’t know exactly why he feels that way.”


As Speaker Nancy Pelosi exited the Democratic Caucus meeting this evening, she told reporters that “This is just the beginning,” when asked by a reporter about where the Democrats were on the tax bill.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, described his dissatisfaction about the bill to awaiting media, saying he wants the bill sent back to the Senate for changes. Mr. Clyburn pointed to the estate tax (a.k.a the “death tax”) compromise as his main problem with the legislation.