“Republicans in both the House and Senate are deciding they no longer want to be married to this pledge,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “Republicans are saying they want a divorce from Grover Norquist.”
Schumer’s comments came as more Republicans have signaled a willingness to break with Norquist and his organization’s anti-tax-increase pledge as both parties search for a deal that would fend off the looming fiscal cliff. Lawmakers including Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) have indicated that they would be open to deviating from the promise.
“That alone is a leading indicator that the fiscal deal is within reach,” Schumer said, referring to those in the GOP who have distanced themselves from Norquist. “Both sides are still far apart. The discussions over the next few weeks will be difficult. But with each new Republican disavowing Grover Norquist, the chances of a deal rises sharply.”
Most congressional Republicans have signed the pledge, first offered in 1986 by Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform.
Americans for Tax Reform lists 219 of 435 incoming Representatives and 39 of 100 incoming Senators who have signed Grover's pledge.
Of those 33 Representatives and 12 Senators have renounced their pledge as of 12/6/12. This leaves 186 Representatives and 27 Senators.
16 incoming Republican Representatives and 6 incoming Republican Senators never signed the pledge. 66 incoming Republicans oppose it.
Robert Andrews (NJ-01) - Charles Boustany (LA-03) - Howard Coble (NC-06) - Tom Cole (OK-04) - John Campbell (CA-45) Rick Crawford (AR-01) - Charlie Dent (PA-15) - Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) - Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) - Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) Chris Gibson (NY-19) - Kay Granger (TX-12) - Walter Jones (NC-03) - Peter King (NY-02) - John Kline (MN-02) - Tom Latham (IA-03) Buck McKeon (CA-25) - Pat Meehan (PA-07) - Tom Marino (PA-10) - Rich Nugent (FL-11) - Erik Paulsen (MN-03) - Tom Reed (NY-23) Reid Ribble (WI-08) - Scott Rigell (VA-02) - Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) - Tom Rooney (FL-17) - Dennis Ross (FL-15) - Jon Runyan (NJ-03) John Shimkus (IL-15) - Mike Simpson (ID-02) - Adrian Smith (NE-03) - Lee Terry (NE-02) - Dan Webster (FL-10) Lamar Alexander (TN-SEN) - Kelly Ayotte (NH-SEN) - Saxby Chambliss (GA-SEN) - Tom Coburn (OK-SEN) - Bob Corker (TN-SEN) Mike Crapo (ID-SEN) - Mike Enzi (WY-SEN) - Lindsey Graham (SC-SEN - Mike Johanns (NE-SEN) - John McCain (AZ-SEN) Jeff Sessions (AL-SEN) - David Vitter (LA-SEN)
Americans for Tax Reform lists 238 of 435 outgoing Representatives and 41 of 100 outgoing Senators who have signed Grover's pledge.
Of those 44 Representatives and 13 Senators have renounced their pledge as of 12/6/12. This leaves 194 Representatives and 28 Senators.
6 outgoing Republican Representatives and 7 outgoing Republican Senators never signed the pledge. 67 outgoing Republicans oppose it, 76 total.
Charlie Bass (NH-02) - Ben Chandler (KY-06) - Chip Cravaack (MN-08) - Robert Dold (IL-10) - Jeff Flake (AZ-06) - Nan Hayworth (NY-19) Tim Johnson (IL-15) - Steve LaTourette (OH-14) - Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) - Bob Turner (NY-09) - Allen West (FL-22) Ben Nelson (NE-SEN)