Washington -- Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., who earlier made headlines when he said partisan infighting would render any Social Security reform pushed by the Bush administration a "dead horse," has reiterated his call to examine the creation of a value-added tax as part of potential reform solutions for the 70-year-old program.

Thomas' appeal exhorted colleagues to seek other strategies toward Social Security reform other than boosting payroll taxes and slashing benefits.

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