Washington -- Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, has begun exploring alternative strategies other than diverting payroll taxes to finance the Social Security system.

McCrery's remarks came on the heels of comments by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., who alluded to the fact that in order to achieve reform on Social Security, the GOP would have to find other ways to finance privatization than through the current 12.4 percent Social Security tax.

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