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Rep. Fattah Defies CBC, Backs Tax Deal

Congressman Chaka Fattah announced today that he would support the tax cut deal between President Obama and Republicans. His decision comes only a few days after the Congressional Black Caucus announced its opposition to the compromise.

Citing unemployment statistics in his district, Fattah insisted that the urgency of the situation requires immediate action.

“These Philadelphians need help, here and now. They are waiting for us to act. They cannot wait for the ‘perfect’ solution from an imperfect and divided Washington,” Fattah said in a statement.

Fattah’s reasoning echoes that of many Democrats, including President Obama, as the reality of a Republican-controlled House sinks in.

“I have consistently opposed extending the tax cuts for the top 2% and still believe that is not the right choice.  The reality of the legislative process, and my commitment to working families, compels me to support the framework of this proposal in spite of its imperfections.”

This is the 2nd sore spot this month between Rep. Fattah and the Congressional Black Caucus. Last week the Caucus implicitly backed Rep. Norm Dicks over Fattah for the top Democratic spot on the powerful Appropriations Committee. Dicks is not a member of the CBC

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