White House on the VAT, take 17

Jon Ward Contributor

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the value-added tax again Friday morning, and gave a slightly more nuanced answer that rules out the possibility that they are planning to implement, but technically left wiggle room for doing so in the future.

“It’s not a proposal that we’re working on here. It’s not something that’s being contemplated here,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs said, however, that there is bipartisan agreement “that we’re going to have to deal with our fiscal situation” and put the country “back on a fiscally sustainable path.”

Gibbs then mentioned the president’s fiscal commission, which is the venue where many believe a VAT will be recommended.