Democrats rose up in anger following President Barack Obama's announcement on Monday that he would go along with Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts, but Obama insisted he was not going to "play games" with the economy.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Obama told reporters that a "long political fight that carried over into next year might have been good politics, but it would be a bad deal for the economy and it would be a bad deal for the American people."
Democratic senators have been vocal about their disappointment, though.
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, of New Jersey, said, “I think a ransom was paid, and it was a very high price," according to The New York Times, while Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., despite supporting the original cuts in 2001, called the extension "nonsensicalness."
Vice President Joe Biden approached Democratic senators with the bill on Tuesday, and is expected to talk to House Democrats on Wednesday, Reuters reports.