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Sen. Murray argues new Congress could draft new bill after fiscal cliff deadline, says balance is key

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.


Filed under: Fiscal cliff
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  1. Gary Feliks

    With all of the comments about jobs. Al tax funded entities need to review their "Retire/Rehire" policies.After only 30 years a government employee can take their full retirement, then be rehired for nominally less than their current salary. In the private sector, at age 65 ( 45 years of working) a worker is only allowed to earn 14,000 before the excess is deducted from their social security. Combine this with government bennefits packages that no small employer can hope to match, and youcan see why it is hard to create new jobs. If the governments would cap the ernings of gov.retirees, it would create millions o new jobs, because these people would never work for an additional 14,000 per year.Presto, millios of jobs overnight.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Michael

    Thank you Solidad for your diligence. You have amazing finesse and are always engaged in the conversation. You don't let nonsense just pass through you to the audience. You are the kind of journalist/media personality America needs. I get up early every morning to watch your show. Again, thank you.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse | Reply

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