Transcript: Murray says the wealthy will have to “pay their fair share” in deficit reduction deal

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at a press briefing on the fiscal cliff on Nov. 29, 2012:

Well, three weeks ago, the American people went to the polling places and they sent a message. Democrats, from President Obama to our Senate candidates and on down, built their campaigns around the idea that budgets have to work for our middle-class and that the wealthy need to pay their fair share.

Republican campaigns were very clear too. Their approach, their commitment to protecting the rich, the Ryan budget was on the ballot and it was resoundingly rejected.

The American people voted for the candidates who committed to fighting for the middle-class and in exit polls it was very clear that they agree with Democrats that the wealthy have to participate in this and pay their fair share.

So here we are as we head towards the end of the year and it’s finally encouraging to hear some of the Republicans start to soften their rhetoric when it comes to taxes on the rich. And I’m hopeful that they took the right lesson from their electoral defeats.

Before the election, the Republicans proudly fought to protect the rich from paying a penny more in taxes. Grover Norquist and his blood oath ruled the day.

But now, that election is over, and we are hearing Republicans [incomprehensible audio] out that once sacred pledge. We are hearing them talk about putting revenue on the table and about compromise. And we even heard from one conservative Republican who made the common sense proposal that the House pass the Senate bill to extend the tax cuts to 98% of the workers and 97% of the small business owners and then have a debate about tax cuts for the rich after the middle-class gets the certainty that it deserves.

So Republican rhetoric has moved now in the right directions and we’re looking for the actions that need to follow.

Republican leadership should listen to Rep. Cole and pass the Senate middle-class tax cut bill. That would allow us to remove a significant chunk of the fiscal cliff for the middle-class. Let families go into the holidays knowing their taxes won’t go up.

And I’m confident that once we pass those middle-class tax cuts both sides agree should happen and we listen to the American people, allow the wealthy to pay a bit more, then Democrats have been very clear we are willing to make the tough compromises that a balanced and bipartisan deal requires. But the wealthy are going to have to pay their fair share, and Democrats will not allow deficit reduction to be borne solely on the backs of seniors and our middle-class.

Thank you.


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