Sessions said he thinks "a lot" of Republicans are fine with the idea of flattening the tax code by eliminating some deductions for the wealthy, which could generate revenue without raising marginal income tax rates. But he reiterated several times that Democrats have not made it clear that they want to use this money for deficit reduction.
"They say it's for deficit reduction, but the President's budget that he submitted to us in January would increase spending another $1.4 trillion, whereas he's proposing now, I think, $1.6 trillion in new taxes," Sessions said.
"So if taxes are just ... for more spending, I think the American people need to say, 'no, you need to bring your house under control before we send you another dime.' "
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