Grover Norquist, president of the taxpayer advocacy group American’s for Tax Reform, met with House Republicans in a bid to remind members of their anti-tax pledge to his group, Fox News reported.
Norquist said the meeting was to discuss "what the pledge means and what the pledge doesn't," Fox News reported. Congress is preparing to reform the individual and corporate tax codes next year.
About 15 lawmakers and 100 aides attended the meeting with Norquist, which was hosted by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina openly disputed the pledge, suggesting new revenue as an effective means for reducing the deficit. A total of 16 Republicans also voted for the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan, which also proposes new revenues.
Endorsed by Ronald Reagan upon its inception in 1986, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge — which Norquist says he came up with when he was 12-years-old — has been signed by over 1,100 state office holders as well as 238 current House members and 41 current Senators.
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