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Members Sign Letters That Advocate Different Directions for Super Committee

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Rep. Paul Gosar said he approves of an all-options-on-the-table approach for the super committee but hopes that the end deal will skew toward spending cuts.

“I’m completely open to talking about revenues and the increase of revenues from pro-growth polices,” he said today. “We need to find some general agreement that we will look at both sides of the ledger. But we’re trapping ourselves if we think that the only way to raise revenues is raise taxes. You can raise revenues by eliminating loopholes.”

Similarly, Roe said that now is not the time to raise taxes.

“I don’t think we should raise taxes when the economy is weak. I support simplifying our tax code and closing loopholes that amount to spending in the tax code, but I do not think this government has a taxing problem — it has a spending problem,” he said in a statement. “I do not believe we should raise taxes on hardworking taxpayers, rather work to achieve tax reform that will permanently lower rates on individuals and spur economic growth.”

Kelly said in a statement that Congress should both cut spending and raise revenues, but it should not raise tax rates.

“This week our nation exceeded $15 trillion of debt, which is an absolute embarrassment,” he said in a statement. “We need to raise tax revenue, but not tax rates. There’s a significant difference between the two. We can raise revenue by lowering tax rates, not increasing them, and by getting rid of various loopholes and deductions.”

Duncan would also nix a plan with tax increases, his spokesman said.

“Congressman Duncan primarily signed the go big letter because he believes we need to cut much more than $1.2 trillion; $4 trillion should be the very minimum,” spokesman Patrick Newton said. “He doesn’t support raising income tax rates, but there are ways to raise revenues without raising taxes.”

Gosar outlined his position in a Nov. 7 column on his website in which he wrote that although he approves of an all-options-on-the-table approach, he hopes that, ultimately, the outcome will skew toward spending cuts.

“I cannot stress enough that I do not, and will not, support a tax increase for hard-working Americans,” Gosar wrote. “The real way to raise revenues is to facilitate a stable economic environment that will spur job growth.”

His spokeswoman clarified today.

“We want [the super committee] to look at everything. But there’s no way in which a solution that involves raising taxes is something we’d vote for,” said Gosar spokeswoman Apryl Marie Fogel, adding, “It’s not inconsistent, in that he’s saying, ‘Look at everything and take the best cuts, take the best reforming entitlement programs, take the best deregulation. But the best option is not going to include tax increases.’”

Sullivan’s spokesman provided a similar answer.

“Rep. Sullivan supports going big on spending cuts. However, he is firmly opposed to any plan that raises taxes on the American people — especially given our current economic situation,” spokesman Vaughn Jennings said.

Simpson said the Members’ positions don’t necessarily go against the spirit of the coalition and that he knew going in that not every Member would support any big deal.

“I suspect there are people that signed our letter that if you went and said, ‘Look, we’re going to increase tax rates,’ would say, ‘No, that’s not what we want,’” he said. “People define ‘tax increase’ differently.”

Correction: Nov. 17, 2011

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