Boehner urges debt committee to tackle tax reform

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says the congressional committee charged with recommending large deficit cuts should lay the groundwork for tax changes that would enhance economic growth.
In a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, the top Republican in Congress says tax increases are off the table as the "supercommittee" gets down to work.
He says tax reform could lower tax rates for individuals and corporations while closing deductions, credits and special carve-outs in existing law.
He noted there are plenty of skeptics about the ability of the committee to achieve its goal of cutting more than $1 trillion in deficits over a decade. But he said the panel can and must succeed.
Boehner also was critical of President Barack Obama's jobs program, but in generally mild terms.

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