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Senator denies report on tax stance
Get this straight: U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is sticking with the Republican Party stand on tax increases.

Like the party, he's against them.

"My voting record as a member of the House, and now as a member of the Senate, confirms that I am not in favor of tax increases," Chambliss said. "I have never supported or voted for tax increases and I don't intend to start now."

The comments from Georgia's senior senator follow a report by a TV station in Macon quoting him as being ready to violate a pledge signed by many elected Republicans promising not to raise taxes under any circumstances.

The report has sparked criticism of the senator and calls for him to face a challenger from within the Republican Party in 2014.

"In spite of speculation to the contrary, my position has not changed, and my comments have been consistent and unwavering," he said. "I hope to take this opportunity to set the record straight. I am not in favor of raising taxes."

Raising taxes to pay for overspending and reduce deficit spending is "bad policy," Chambliss said.

Chambliss said the nation's $16 trillion debt cannot be allowed to grow and fester without taking "immediate and significant action." He said instead of tax increases, he favors significant tax reform to lower tax rates and generate additional revenue.

"Those reforms should be on the table in this debt and deficit debate," he said. "However, this would only be acceptable in return for entitlement reforms from the other side that truly fix our long-term spending problem."

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