FILE - This Dec. 22, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican leaders say the government can raise tax “revenue” without raising tax “rates." But how? If Congress reduces itemized deductions, many Americans will still pay more taxes. This politically tricky tradeoff is about to take center stage in negotiations over averting a national "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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FILE - This Dec. 22, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican leaders say the government can raise tax “revenue” without raising tax “rates." But how? If Congress reduces itemized deductions, many Americans will still pay more taxes. This politically tricky tradeoff is about to take center stage in negotiations over averting a national "fiscal cliff."  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - This Dec. 22, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican leaders say the government can raise tax “revenue” without raising tax “rates." But how? If Congress reduces itemized deductions, many Americans will still pay more taxes. This politically tricky tradeoff is about to take center stage in negotiations over averting a national "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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