Top Republicans say tax hikes can't pass Congress

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 12:39 PM
Top Republicans say tax hikes can't pass Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top two Republicans in Senate said on Thursday that Democrats' demands for new stimulus measures and tax increases run counter to the goals of a deal that would reduce budget deficits and would not pass Congress.

"President Obama needs to decide between his goal of higher taxes, or a bipartisan plan to address our deficit," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his deputy, Senator Jon Kyl, said in a joint statement.

Kyl has withdrawn from deficit-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden, according to an aide, following the lead of his fellow Republican, Representative Eric Cantor.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Sandra Maler)