By Geneva Sands - 09/21/11 01:05 PM EDT
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said she supports President Obama's deficit-reduction plan and is in favor of increasing taxes on high-income Americans. She told MSNBC that her constituents are in favor of the proposal.
Republicans "are smart actually to stop this idea of class warfare because actually what the president is trying to do is stop the war on the middle class that has been waged for decades now and has benefited their constituents, that is the Republican favorite constituency, the wealthiest," said Schakowsky on MSNBC's "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" Tuesday.
"In fact what he is saying is, ‘If you really want to do something, these are the terms that I have laid out,’ and I'll tell you, Lawrence, my constituents are thrilled," she added.
Schakowsky said she hopes the supercommittee will include in its proposal legislation that ensures millionaires and billionaires don't pay a lower tax rate than the middle class.
The supercommittee has been tasked with proposing a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction package that will be presented to Congress before Thanksgiving.
"Most Americans absolutely agree with this notion, and for the Republicans to say we shouldn't go after these people and calling it class warfare, just doesn't sell," said Schakowsky.