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Norquist Responds To Senator Chambliss's Tax Remarks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist released the following statement in response to Senator Saxby Chambliss's statements in favor of tax increases on Georgians:

Senator Chambliss promised the people of Georgia he would go to Washington and reform government rather than raise taxes to pay for bigger government. He made that commitment in writing to the people of Georgia.

If he plans to vote for higher taxes to pay for Obama-sized government he should address the people of Georgia and let them know that he plans to break his promise to them.

The Senator's reference to me is odd. His promise is to the people of Georgia.

In February 2011 he wrote an open letter addressed to me when he joined the Gang of Six saying he would not vote for any plan that raised taxes. He would support only tax revenue that resulted from higher growth.

That was a public letter he and co-signers Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sent to the press to explain their negotiating position as they joined the Gang of Six in early 2011:

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow?ContentRecord_id=5de38788-b44d-4e1d-a377-7d279550dd59&ContentType_id=b4672ca4-3752-49c3-bffc-fd099b51c966&Group_id=00380921-999d-40f6-a8e3-470468762340

Note this excerpt, the final sentence of the letter:

"If and when there is a legislative proposal to be presented to Congress and the American people, we look forward to again working with you and all interested parties to support a proposal where any increase in revenue generation will be the result of the pro-growth effects of lower individual and corporate tax rates for all Americans."

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