Several congressional Republicans bucked Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge on Sunday and Monday, saying that GOP lawmakers will have to keep their options open in order to strike a deal that averts the fiscal cliff.
Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said on Monday on CBS's This Morning that he is "not obligated" on the anti-tax pledge, adding that "the last thing we need to do right now is kick the can down the road."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Sunday that he will not give way to raising tax rates, but he also said Republicans need to be open to increasing government revenues.
"I think Grover is wrong when it comes to "˜We can't cap deductions and buy down debt,'" Graham said on ABC's This Week, adding, "I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform."
Last week, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., told a local television station that he is more worried about the fiscal cliff than he is about adhering to the pledge, prompting a response from Norquist, Politico reported.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., echoed these sentiments, saying times have changed since he first signed the pledge.