WASHINGTON -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is on Capitol Hill today to advocate for deficit reduction and to stump for a West Virginia congressman's infrastructure bill to fund bridge repairs.
He tackled the debt issue this morning as part of an unlikely trio of politicians, spanning the political spectrum.
Conservative Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida said lower taxes and fewer regulations will help pull the country out of debt.
Mr. Rendell, a Democrat, advocated a plan that both restrains spending and increases taxes, particularly on the wealthy.
"Republicans have to get over this idea that it's evil to raise revenue. It isn't evil," said Mr. Rendell, co-chairman of Campaign to Fix the Debt, a group of political power-brokers advocating for debt reduction.
Later today, Mr. Rendell is expected to join Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., for a press conference to promote legislation that would provide $5.5 billion to fix deficient bridges.
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