Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, joined 176 other members of the House in pledging no tax increase in this session of Congress.

Nielson and several other House members, together with Donald Rumsfeld and Deal Kleckner of the National Economic Commission, appeared here to plump for spending cuts rather than tax increases to cut the federal deficit. The commission, appointed jointly by President Reagan and Congress, has been directed to make recommendations for dealing with the deficit. The commission has been widely predicted as likely to recommend more taxes.Nielson said the 177 make up an "override-proof" anti-tax group. Without their votes the House could not override a presidential veto of a tax bill.

The 3rd District representative said he opposed, as did all other Utah members of Congress in office in 1986, the recent tax reform bill that raised taxes for many middle-class Americans.