Oregon's Democratic Senators voted in favor of the so-called "fiscal cliff" deal that has gone to the U.S. House.
In a written statement, Senator Ron Wyden called the deal "a way to steer America away from steep income tax increases on the middle class."
But he also criticized the process, saying the way the agreement came together " felt more like 'Thelma and Louise'" than rational policy making.
Senator Jeff Merkley says he has deep misgivings about the next steps in the process, because it sets up "more cliffs in the near future."
But he also says the bill prevented tax increases on Oregonians, and protects Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.