So. It is done.

President Obama’s Grand Compromise that ain’t so grand, according to many liberals, is now the law of the land. This afternoon, Obama signed the $858 billion bill, which extends for two years the Bush-era tax cuts for poor, rich, and super-rich alike. The legislation also provides for a 13-month extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed and a one-year payroll tax cut for most workers.

The legislation’s success was sealed last night when the House passed it 277 to 148.

So…if the deal does indeed mark an economic and/or political shift for the president, will the Bay Area go along for the ride?

Well, one indication may be how your representative voted last night. Let’s see:

Mike Thompson No
Pete Stark No
Jackie Speier No
Barbara Lee No
Anna Eshoo No
Sam Farr No
Lynn Woolsey No
Mike Honda No
John Garamendi No
George Miller No
Zoe Lofgren No
Jerry McNerney No
Doris Matsui No
Nancy Pelosi – Skipped the vote and the ceremony too.

And they’ll all be back next session; Nancy Pelosi of course, in markedly reduced circumstances…

Tax Cut Bill: How Did Your Rep Vote? 17 December,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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