Posted at: 11/29/2012 9:40 AM
Updated at: 11/29/2012 9:49 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson says the congressman who supported a no-tax pledge as a candidate won't sign the same pledge when his new term begins.
Gibson represented the 20th Congressional District when he signed the pledge championed by conservative anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist. Now, Gibson represents the 19th district in eastern New York and spokeswoman Stephanie Valle says he won't re-sign the pledge.
She says he still opposes raising tax rates for individuals or businesses but "will consider all comprehensive packages" negotiated by congressional leadership and the Obama administration. Gibson calls for closing loopholes and limiting some deductions in the tax code.
The question over tax hikes has taken on importance as leaders try to negotiate a way to avoid year-end spending cuts and tax increases.
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