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Members Say Taxes Favor Rich

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller isn’t concerned that he would have to pay a proposed surtax on income of more than $1 million.

Kerry, a joint committee member who is married to ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry, said, "I think it's the right thing to do [for the wealthy to] ... pay their share of making America stronger. I think the vast majority of Americans believe the system is out of whack."

McCaskill, who is married to real estate developer Joseph Shepard and comes in at No. 18 on the list, said, "The tax code is currently tilted toward people who have a lot of money and complicated business dealings and that has happened because people with power and money have come to Washington and gotten all kinds of goodies in the tax code. So making it flatter and fairer is the thing to do. If that means my husband we file separately that he has to pay more in taxes, then he is going to have to live with that."

But the GOP doesn't see tax increases of any kind as a viable option. Rigell said it "is very telling" that Democrats could not pass a millionaires' tax increase even when they controlled both chambers of Congress.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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