GOP spokesman: Camp's position on tax hikes 'has not changed'

Republicans are pushing back on a report that a GOP member of the deficit supercommittee wants everything on the table in the negotiations, including tax increases.

"I don't want to rule anything in or out," Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said, according to Reuters. "I am willing to discuss all issues that might help us reduce our short and long-term debt and grow our economy."

"Everything is on the table until we as a group rule it out," added Camp, who is chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

A spokesman for the Ways and Means Committee said Camp’s opposition to raising taxes remains firm.

"Despite a misleading and inaccurate headline that attempts to tell a story when there isn’t one to tell, Chairman Camp’s position on taxes has not changed," the spokesman said. "When discussing the concept that all potential solutions ought to ‘be on the table’ or that he ‘won’t rule anything in our out,’ he has always emphasized that any potential solution must be looked at through the prism of jobs and whether those proposed solutions would strengthen the economy. Obviously, tax increases wouldn’t make that list."

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appointed Camp to the supercommittee of legislators charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions. The 12-person joint, bipartisan committee was established as part of the legislation passed earlier this month to raise the debt ceiling.

The committee has until Nov. 23 to make a recommendation on deficit-reduction plan. If the legislators are able to agree to a proposal, it will go to Congress for an up-or-down vote.

Camp's comments came the same day House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her selections for the supercommittee. Pelosi was the last of the four congressional leaders to announce her picks.

The committee will begin meeting when Congress returns from its summer recess.

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