This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) argues that Democrats need to 'stand firm' on fiscal cliff negotiations and says a lack of compromise on the Republican part may result in letting the tax cuts expire if a balanced approach to spending and taxes is not embraced.
“I think the Republicans have a decision today," Sen. Murray says. "They need to decide whether they’re going to stay and protect the wealthiest Americans from participating in this challenge that we have, and if they do that, then we have no other choice but to go into next year when all the Bush tax cuts expire and start over. I don’t want to do that. I don’t think we should do that, but that’s what they could force us to do.”
Murray argues that an alternative would be allowing the deadline for the fiscal cliff to pass, and then new Congress in January could draft a tax cut bill for Americans making under $250,000 a year. Soledad asks if letting the tax cuts expire is an irresponsible move.
“The alternative to that, is if they insist on their position, is even worse. Middle class families...are going to bear the entire burden of our fiscal challenges. Whether it’s cuts to education, whether it’s changes to Medicare and Social Security or whether it’s they themselves having to pay additional taxes. What we’re saying is it has to be fair. Everyone has to participate. And we can’t continue to allow the Republicans to exclude one group of people, those making over $250,000 a year from paying their fair share. That’s what we’re fighting for.”
Sen. Murray also says the higher number of women and diversity in Congress is better for the country.