Transcript: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says raising taxes on top 2% is a “non-starter”
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on the fiscal cliff at a press briefing on Nov. 28, 2012:
We are 34 days away from what would be the largest tax increase in American history, and Speaker Boehner and the Republicans have put forward a balanced plan that would prevent that from happening and not devastate our economy at a time when our economy continues to struggle and people are having a tough time finding work.
We need to take action that will ensure that small business owners all across this country continue to be able to survive.
Many have said that the President’s approach in raising taxes would actually devastate the economy. Ernst & Young estimated 700,000 jobs would be lost. A plan that would cut nearly a million jobs is a non-starter.
So, we are working to find a better way. It’s a common sense way.
We can raise tax revenues by simplifying the tax code – not increasing the tax rates.
We can address wasteful government spending without jeopardizing our core commitments in national defense and protecting our most vulnerable.
And we can jump start our economy by assuring Americans that Congress and the President can work together to get the job done and deal courageously with the pressing problems of today.
When it comes to the fiscal cliff, the President and the Congress will either fail together or we will succeed together. There’s nothing in between.
And I am confident – I am confident – that we can pass the test and do what is good and right for the American people.
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