Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wa.) said Republicans viewed the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington as an opportunity to provide a “real fix” for the nation’s deficit Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adding that solely looking to raise taxes on the country’s top 2 percent was not a permanent solution to the problem.
“Republicans believe that this is the time for big solutions, for laying out that framework so it’s not just a quick fix, but a real fix,” she said. ”Focusing on the top 2 percent is really a straw man. What we need is tax reform in America for middle class families and for our economy, but we also need to address the spending. We need to address the debt. And that’s where the Republicans — the day after the election, Speaker Boehner went to the podium and he said we’re putting revenue on the table, closing the loopholes so that the wealthiest Americans would be paying more.”
Rodgers was elected chair of the House Republican Conference Nov. 14.