Americans have spoken, declared Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Wednesday: tax revenues must be part of any fiscal deal going forward.
"The American people spoke very loudly in the presidential and congressional races and said we need to have everything on the table including revenues to solve our problems," she said.
The Democratic leadership member and incoming Budget Committee chairman spoke to reporters this afternoon about Democrats' outlook in avoiding the fiscal cliff.
It's an extension of the message Murray, Democratic leaders and President Obama have stood by -- and campaigned on -- since last year. She insisted that Democrats won't budge on any fiscal agreement unless Republican drop their opposition to new tax revenues as well as government spending cuts.
"The Republicans have clearly let the tea party take them the extremes," she said. "We're not going to let them take the country to the extremes."