“I just think we want to say ‘wait’ to the folks who are throwing out the $6 trillion–type ideas, you know, hold on,” Bourdeaux says. “We can do things that are revolutionary, but we have to think about it carefully, we have to think about what the needs are, what the cost is, and then how we pay for it.”
Bourdeaux was the only Democrat to pick up a GOP seat, other than in North Carolina after special court-ordered redistricting, in a strong year for House Republicans.
She and Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., from the neighboring 6th District in the Atlanta suburbs, are on Republicans’ 2022 target list. With the GOP-dominated state government prepping to redraw district lines, one theory is they could pick off Bourdeaux by pushing her district out further into Republican turf and packing McBath’s district with more Democrats.
Bourdeaux’s willing to consider some deficit spending — if she can justify it. “I have to be able to stand in front of my constituents, though, and say that we made responsible public policy,” she said.
Fifth-term San Diego-area Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., cruised to big wins in his last three races, including a 23-point blowout in November. The House Budget Committee member, who’s carved out a niche as a deficit hawk, says it shouldn’t be a surprise that members are pushing back against massive spending proposals such as the $6 trillion outlined by Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.