30 Nov '12, 7pm

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-#VA, @GOPLeader): “When I go to the constituents, it’s not about that (@GroverNorquist) pledge."

A senior member of the U.S. House GOP leadership on Nov. 26 declined to endorse an anti-tax-hike pledge he and most other congressional Republicans have taken, a key development as Washington looks to avoid fiscal calamity and deep defense cuts. A major sticking point in congressional-White House talks about reaching a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction deal is expected to be whether enough Republicans will agree to a level of new federal revenues that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats will support. At issue is a pledge Republicans have taken — created by Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist — stating they would never support federal tax hikes. Several senior congressional Republicans over the long Thanksgiving weekend said they would buck the Norquist pledge if it meant getting a deal and avoiding a “fiscal cliff,” which economists say would be crea...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121126/DEFREG02/3112...

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