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NEWNAN: Westmoreland signs on to 'Buffett Rule Act'
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NEWNAN, Ga. - Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland is throwing his support behind higher taxes on the rich - sort of.

Tuesday, Rep. Westmoreland signed on as a cosponsor for The Buffett Rule Act, a news release from the Congressman's office said.

The Buffet Rule Act, also known as H.R. 3099, would require the Internal Revenue Service to provide a check box on tax return forms to allow those who would prefer to pay additional income tax to do so, the news release said.

"If Warren Buffett thinks he doesn't pay enough in taxes, then he is more than welcome to pay more," Rep. Westmoreland said.

In his written statement, Rep. Westmoreland went on to argue that the federal government doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. "We have got to get our spending under control and change the mindset many in Washington have that government is the answer to all problems," he said. "But until that happens, I'm happy to take as much of Mr. Buffett's money as he would like to give."

The Buffett Rule Act has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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