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Fiscal cliff: Republican Rooney willing to budge on taxes if Democrats move on spending

by George Bennett | November 28th, 2012

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U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, says he’s willing to consider raising revenue by eliminating some tax deductions and loopholes if Democrats agree to savings from entitlement spending.

That’s a pretty big “if” for Rooney. So far, he says he hasn’t seen evidence that Democrats are willing to commit to serious spending cuts.

Rooney’s position is in line with House Speaker John Boehner, who has suggested raising tax revenue via the loophole route while opposing an increase in income tax rates as favored by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

Rooney is one of 238 House members and 41 Senators (all but three of them Republicans) who signed Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist‘s pledge not to raise taxes. Signers promised not only to oppose tax rate increases but to “oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

Asked if he considers raising revenue through tightening loopholes a violation of the Norquist pledge, Rooney said, “I don’t think that it is….Quite frankly, I don’t care. The bottom line is that our country is in trouble.”

Regardless of the pledge, Rooney said closing loopholes amounts to a tax hike on the wealthy that Obama and Democrats want.

“The loopholes and deductions are going to hit the upper incomes disproportionately more so it is a tax increase on the so-called wealthy,” Rooney said.

But before he’d vote for any kind of tax increase, Rooney said Democrats must make concessions.

“The loopholes and everything else, that’s a good starting point for compromise if they are willing to compromise on entitlements,” Rooney said.

“What are the Democrats willing to do for the real drivers of the debt, and that’s Social Security and Medicare. What are they willing to do to preserve them over the long term?…We’re willing to kind of negotiate and make sacrifices that we wouldn’t normally do, but you’ve got to make sacrifices as well,” Rooney said.

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9 Responses to “Fiscal cliff: Republican Rooney willing to budge on taxes if Democrats move on spending”

  1. Gordon Solie Says:

    so entitlement cuts but no cuts in Defense spending? typical GOP BS

  2. Downtown Danny Says:

    Another spoiled brat Republicans who never worked a day in his life thinks the middle class & poor should suffer if the rich have to give up one of their 6 $10 million homes.

  3. BL Says:

    Listen Congressman Rooney is a straight forward guy. He tells it like it is. We may need to raise taxes however, something else must also go. It is called “Budget”. Heard of it?

  4. Floriduh Says:

    That Norquist pledge is the stupidest invention ever. Good for Rooney to say he doesn’t care. The important thing now is to find solutions, and there won’t be any if both sides camp on their positions without budging. Let’s all recognize that a good compromise will displease most people. That’s the way it’s SUPPOSED to work. When you agree on a deal, you get some things you want, and you give up some others.

  5. Saxon777 Says:

    Entitlements were not the drivers of the deficit. It was mostly the unfunded Bush tax cuts, two unfunded wars, followed by stimulus spending to avoid a depression. Go back to the Clinton rates (gradually, starting at the top) and get this bus back on the road.

  6. More rhetoric Says:

    “raise revenue by eliminating loop holes and tax deductions”. Hello we know that doesn’t get us where we need to be- this is not budging- it’s kicking the can down the road- he better get his thinking in line with the people that got his family slot machines!!! We are not going to sit by and let him get re- elected if he continues the party line- it’s time for the change we’ve been asking for

  7. OBIWAN Says:

    BL

    Yeah I heard of the Budget that the Republican control house has written and passed the past few years with 1 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS IN IT!!!

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  9. Searcher Says:

    Rooney used to be my Rep. He was pretty quiet but he did come out with some extreme positions. He took a hike so West could have his seat. Now we get to see if he raises some taxes on rich guys or if he follows his PARTY.

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