ABC News’ John R. Parkinson and Russell Goldman report:
An unidentified Democratic lawmaker let slip his frustration at President Obama’s proposed tax compromise, apparently muttering “f**k the president,” during a heated debate this morning.
As Democratic House members met this morning in a closed-door session to determine if they would vote on the compromise tax plan the White House hashed out with GOP leaders, one member forgot the Capitol’s rules of good decorum.
During a speech by Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., one of only a handful of House Democrats to back the President’s plan, a colleague interrupted with his own colorful opinion.
“I don’t think the curse word was directed at me,” Berkley told reporters following the caucus meeting.
“It wasn’t loud,” Berkley told Roll Call, which first reported use of that particular curse word. “It was just expressing frustration from a very frustrated member.”
House Democrats decided overwhelmingly to reject the compromise, demanding more concessions made before it gets voted on.
The proposed package would extend the Bush tax cuts across incomes, extend benefits to the unemployed, and cut payroll taxes.
The surprise insurrection against the president seems motivated mostly by anger at extending cuts to the wealthiest Americans and a provision that would lower taxes on inherited income — the estate tax.