Broun slams plan he says would raise taxes

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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun railed against what he called a Democratic plan to raise taxes during a Monday news conference.

"At a time when Americans are increasingly feeling squeezed by rising prices at the pump and in the checkout line ... the very last thing they need to hear is that Congress is raising their taxes," the Republican who represents Georgia's 10th Congressional District said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's budget proposal would raise taxes by $683 billion during the next five years and eliminate tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003, Dr. Broun said.

Such an increase would translate into nearly 2,600 lost jobs and a $237 million loss to the economy in the district, according to statistics from the Heritage Center for Data Analysis that Dr. Broun cited in his speech.

Dr. Broun proposed that Congress cut taxes and eliminate pork spending until representatives develop finance reform.