Rep. Tim Huelskamp dug his heels in Friday at the prospect of okaying a fiscal cliff compromise that included a tax increase in an often combative interview today with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.
“Raising taxes doesn’t solve the crisis at all. That’s the misleading statement that all sides are making,” the Republican lawmaker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.’’
“I am not going to vote to put people out of work, and that’s what these tax increases do.”
Huelskamp, dogged in his criticism of GOP leaders who are wavering on President Barack Obama’s insistence on a tax hike, was recently removed from the Budget and Agriculture committees by House Speaker John Boehner for allegedly not towing the party line.
But Huelskamp is still optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can hammer out a deal without sliding over the fiscal cliff — a move that would automatically trigger whopping tax increases.
“We can still get this done … I’m prepared to keep working for another 10 days,’’ he said.
Referring to Boehner’s “Plan B,’’ which was withdrawn after it failed to garner GOP support, Huelskamp said, “Let’s do a Plan W. Go to work.’’
When the conversation turned to gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. Scarborough pressed Huelskamp because he has been critical of those calling for gun control even as he is asking for more study on violence and its relationship to video games.
“I’m not saying to pass a single law about that because I think that would be politicizing the issue,” Huelskamp said.
Scarborough fired back angrily “Do you dare come on my show and say I am using the slaughter of 20 little 6 and 7-year-old children, I’m using that for political purposes, Tim?”
Guests on the show, including Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post expressed exasperation adding that Huelskamp's responses were what's wrong with the GOP.
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