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“Because what happens in Washington, D.C., is … we do an increase in taxes today, and we promise that there’s going to be spending cuts 10 years from now. And it never happens,” said Rep. Raul Labrador, Idaho Republican, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, said the GOP simply isn’t convinced that tax increases will have any real impact on deficit-reduction efforts.

“It doesn’t solve the problem,” he said on “State of the Union.”

But Democrats are using similar arguments to attack the Republican-backed plan of tax reform and the closing of loopholes.

“Just to close loopholes is far too little money,” Ms. Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“If it’s going to bring in [the necessary] revenue, the president has been very clear that the higher-income people have to pay their fair share,” she added.