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December 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

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Rick Larsen will back tax deal -- even though he hates it

Posted by Kyung M. Song

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Rick Larsen said Wednesday he will vote for the tax deal brokered between President Obama and Republican leaders -- despite objections from liberal voters in his district and his own deep misgivings.

Larsen, declaring himself "livid" at Obama for caving to the GOP on taxes for the wealthy, nonetheless said he would back the package because of its potential to juice the economy.

The Lake Stevens Democrat had argued that the nation's huge deficit made keeping the Bush-era lower tax rates for upper-income families unaffordable.

"I am as mad as those who have called me in the last week arguing against the deal," Larsen said in a statement. "If this choice was about politics, my decision would be easy: take my anger out on the President, feel better and please the progressive base in the district."

In the end, however, “I have concluded that the needs of the unemployed and the potential for economic growth do outweigh the costs associated with the package."

The measure is expected to sail through the Senate any minute Wednesday and head to the House for a vote.

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