The Republican strong-hold against tax increases is quaking a bit as more Republican lawmakers are publicly having second thoughts about a pledge they made at the bidding of Grover Norquist, who runs Americans for Tax Reform, never to raise taxes.
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Norquist has led the no-new-taxes coalition among the Republican party but has been under fire since the election added new pressures for Republicans to compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Eric Cantor, who signed the pledge, says he was not elected to keep a pledge; he was elected to solve problems.
Lindsey Graham stated he would break the pledge if Democrats would agree to rein in entitlements.
Norquist dismissed the comments, saying they do not represent the majority of Republican party sentiment. He proclaimed that some who signed the agreement were having impure thoughts on taxes.
There are 258 members of Congress who have signed Norquist’s pledge including 219 in the House and 39 in the Senate.
Only about six have said they would break the pledge but several of those are said to be in lead positions within the Republican party.
As yet, none of the six has had the opportunity to back up his rhetoric with voting action. The test is likely to come within the next six weeks as pressure to compromise
continues to weigh heavily.
Conflicting stories continue to appear in the media about how close or how far apart politicians are on reaching a bipartisan agreement.