November 20th, 2011

Sen. Murray: “I’ll be waiting all day”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley spoke with supercommittee co-chair Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) about the progress and developments of the supercommittee. A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full transcript of the interview will be posted on
Highlight from Interview

CROWLEY:  And are you going to come up with a deal?

MURRAY:  I’m sure my Republican counterparts did the same, but there is one sticking divide, and that is the issue of what I call shared sacrifice, where everybody contributes in a very challenging time for our country.

CROWLEY:  Tax increases.

MURRAY:  And that’s the Bush tax cuts and making sure that any kind of package includes everybody coming to the table.  And the wealthiest of Americans, those who earn over $1 million every year, have to share, too.  And that line in the sand, we haven’t seen any Republicans willing to cross yet

CROWLEY:  And so that says to me that, yes, the debt committee is not going to be able to come to an agreement to put to an up or down vote.

MURRAY:  Well, look.  I’m going to be waiting all day.  I’ll be at the table, as I’ve been, willing to talk to any Republican who says, look, my country is more important, this pile of bills is not going to go away, the challenges that we have is not going to disappear, we need to cross that divide.  I’m ready.  I’m waiting.

Today I’ll be at the table, all night long.  We have a few hours left.