Grover Norquist: Fiscal Cliff Deal Would Lower Taxes, Not Raise Them

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist expressed confidence on CNN on Monday that any last-minute deal to avert the fiscal cliff would not cause tax rates to increase, even for wealthy Americans.

“I’m working with all the folks who are trying to defend taxpayers here in Congress,” he said on CNN’s Starting Point. “I don’t think you’re going to see something that actually raises taxes. We may get some tax cuts now and have to fight for others later.”

Norquist also insisted that the GOP would hold the debt ceiling hostage again in order to protect wealthy Americans from seeing even the slighest tax increase.

“We should take as many of the tax cuts off the table as possible,” Norquist said. “And then because Republicans have the clout of the debt ceiling increase — which they effectively used a year and a half ago — and the continuing resolution where they could dole out money slowly to Obama and the Democrats to spend while reining it in, those are two very powerful tools.”

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