For their part, Republicans have been steadfast that the country’s fiscal problems are due to excess spending.
Rep. Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE (R-Va.), the House majority leader, has also signaled to colleagues that discussions with Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE and other lawmakers over a deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling are moving into health care entitlements.
BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE has said that any deal will have to spending cuts greater than the amount the debt limit is increased.
In their letter, the House Democrats also point to polling that suggests Americans support higher tax rates for the wealthy and rolling back tax credits and deductions used by the oil-and-gas industry.
Schakowsky has introduced legislation that would implement incrementally higher tax rates on income over $1 million a year.