House GOPer: W.H. advisers' tax increase comments were 'planted'

Remarks made Sunday by two of President Obama's top economic advisers saying that the middle class may face a tax increase were no gaffe said a Republican member of Congress.

"That notion that there may be a tax increase coming was planted," Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) told Fox News on Monday.

Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers both left the door open for tax increases on middle class families in order to raise funds to close the federal deficit and pay for healthcare reform.

"Nothing happens in Washington by accident...that's the one thing I have learned over the short time that I have been there" the fourth-term congressman added.

Burgess is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which narrowly passed its version of healthcare reform legislation just before recess commenced on Friday.

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