With Congress and the White House facing a year-end deadline to reach a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” a top Republican senator is abandoning an anti-tax pledge he signed years ago.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., broke ranks with other conservatives saying it is more important to solve the country’s fiscal crisis than honor the decades-old pact. Chambliss is a member of the “Gang of Six, a bipartisan group of senators tasked with finding a solution to the country’s fiscal woes.”
“I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” he told WMAZ-TV. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”
The Taxpayer Protection Pledge was authored by conservative activist Grover Norquist, anti-tax lobbyist and head of Americans for Tax Reform, and does not allow for legislators to raise tax rates. The pledge has been signed by the majority of congressional Republican lawmakers, who agree to “solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases.”
While distancing himself from the pledge might hurt his re-election efforts in 2014, Chambliss said he’s not concerned about it. “I’m willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves,” Chambliss said.
See a discussion of the pledge here:
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