They're not explicitly agreeing to raise taxes to reduce deficits, but a bipartisan group of 100 House lawmakers -- including 40 Republicans -- urged the congressional "super committee" to put everything in the mix and strive for a larger, $4-trillion deficit reduction deal.
A letter released Wednesday by the group was seen as a possible opening in the partisan stalemate as the committee on deficit reduction appears to be deadlocked. So far, Republicans have refused to raise taxes to bring down deficits and Democrats are willing to put Medicare and other entitlement cuts on the table, but only if the GOP agrees to new revenue.
"All options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table," said the letter organized by Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, a leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dogs coalition of Democrats.
"We are prepared to support you in this effort," the lawmakers wrote. "The success of your committee is vital to our country's future. We know that many in Washington and around the country do not believe that we in the Congress and those within your committee can successfully meet this challenge. We believe that we can and we must."