Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) did not rule out raising tax rates on the wealthy as part of a debt deal if Democrats give significantly on entitlement reform during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday.
Host Joe Scarborough asked whether Republicans would be willing to meet President Obama "half way" and raise marginal tax rates on the rich, though not to Clinton-era levels, in return for major concessions on spending.
McMorris Rodgers responded: "Well, we need to get the negotiations underway. And we need the president to come into those negotiations. We need him to be serious, him to be looking at the spending reductions, the entitlement reforms, and, unfortunately, his most recent proposal, it was higher taxes than ever, and another stimulus, more wasteful spending."