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Monday, November 26, 2012

Three Republicans Back Away From Anti-Tax Pledge

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

As Congress returns from Thanksgiving break, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss and New York Congressman Peter King are three big-name Republicans who over the weekend said they’d be willing to consider increasing tax revenues, as lawmakers negotiate how to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

Republicans have long felt bound by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” to oppose any and all tax increases.

Norquist told The Washington Post that he doesn’t see the GOP deserting his pledge in great numbers.

Guest:

  • Aaron Blake, covers national politics for The Washington Post, and writes regularly for the Post’s political blog “The Fix.” He tweets @FixAaron.

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