Thirty-eight Senators and 219 House members have signed Grover Norquist’s famed anti-tax “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” which has been instrumental in preventing politicians from increasing taxes. But after Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) indicated on Wednesday to a Georgia television station that he would not abide by the pledge, conservatives are insisting Republicans in the House and Senate be more resolute on taxes during the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations.
Chambliss said he cared “more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” and he indicated he was open to voting for tax increases. Other establishment Republicans, such asWeekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, have also called on Republicans to cave on holding the line on tax increases.
Chambliss said he had a “disagreement” with Norquist on taxes and believed “Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down” while Chambliss was “”willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves.”