Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) called on Democrats to work with Republicans to come to deal to avoid sequestration by agreeing to cut spending instead of raising taxes in an interview on CNN Tuesday evening.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: "The House showed what our proposal was going to be, and we passed it out of the House. We passed it twice now. What we need is for the Democrats to acknowledge that there's a spending problem but instead, we have President Obama calling for raising taxes, we have Nancy Pelosi, who was saying it's not a spending problem, it's a deficit problem. Well, you get deficits by spending too much. Steny Hoyer was saying it's a pay-for problem. The Democrats refuse to acknowledge that Washington has a spending problem. We're on the road to Greece and Europe if we do not address this spending, and it's dragging our economy down. It is costing us jobs right now. Until we acknowledge there's a spending problem, start making the tough decisions, setting priorities, our economy's not going to grow. That's why it is so important that we have to agree first of all that we're going to reduce the spending, start living within our means."