Rob Portman says he thinks higher tax rates now for any group would be a mistake. But he says tax changes could be part of a plan that adds revenue while reducing federal spending.
Portman talked with reporters Thursday as Congress and the Barack Obama administration are trying to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" that would see tax cuts expire while spending cuts kick in.
Portman was on the congressional deficit "supercommittee" last year that tried to come up with a fix to the fiscal crisis. He supports "pro-growth" tax reforms and spending cutbacks.
Some Democrats have rejected suggestions that closing tax loopholes and ending deductions would be sufficient help.