Republicans who have moved away from Grover Norquist’s pledge
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The anti-tax advocate’s pledge has held a strong grip over Washington in the past, but some lawmakers are shying away from it as taxes play a huge role in negotiations over the “fiscal cliff.” Here’s what they’ve said.
Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, signed by 95 percent of congressional Republicans, has held a grip over GOP lawmakers since he first introduced it in 1986. But the pledge to not raise tax rates has been recently losing support from some in the GOP, as they accept they may have to do so as part of a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” Norquist’s outsize role in the party has been debated at many turns, but these defections are notable because they have been building since the tumultuous 2011 debt ceiling negotiations, and because of the lack of any strong anti-tax contingent backlash.Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images