U.S. Senator Patty Murray is encouraging Republican members of Congress to break campaign pledges to vote against any tax increases. The Washington Democrat made the comments on the floor of the U.S Senate Wednesday.
Murray plays a significant roll in negotiations over how to avert budget cuts and tax hikes scheduled to take effect in January. In recent days, several GOP lawmakers have softened their “No New Taxes” pledge made to conservative activist Grover Norquist.
“I am hopeful that more and more Republicans will break away from Grover Norquist—and that they will actually follow up on their new rhetoric with a genuine willingness to call on the wealthy to pay their fair share," Murray says.
For their part, Republicans are stepping up their calls on Democrats to offer specific cuts to federal entitlement programs. Last year, Murray co-chaired the so-called “Super Committee,” which failed to reach an agreement on how to close the nation’s deficit.
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