Corker Ready to Raise Some Revenue, Despite Pledge

n a further indication that Republican attitudes are shifting on how to reduce the deficit, Sen. Bob Corker said Monday he no longer feels bound by the no-increase pledge he signed at the behest of an anti-tax activist.
From The Tennessean:
“I’m not obligated on the pledge,” Corker said during an appearance on the CBS show “This Morning.”
“I made Tennesseans aware — I was just elected — that the only thing I’m honoring is the oath that I take when I serve when I’m sworn in this January.”
However, Corker’s name, along with those of the eight other Republican members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation, remains on the anti-tax pledge that conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform, has been asking politicians to sign for the better part of three decades.
The pledge signals their promise to “oppose and vote against tax increases.”
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office Monday referred anew to a comment he made last year about not being bound by the Norquist pledge.
“My only pledge is to the United States flag and to the United States Constitution, and I’ve forsworn all others,” Alexander said in an interview with Roll Call, a Capitol Hill publication.

See also the Commercial Appeal story, led on Corker’s 242-page draft plan to forestall automatic tax increases and spending cuts by capping federal deductions at $50,000 for high-income Americans.
Corker did an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on the proposal.
And the AP has a national roundup on Republicans retreating from Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

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