Conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) took on anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist in a stinging op-ed in The New York Times on Monday, arguing that the lobbyist will not be able to prevent a deficit bargain that raises taxes.
The senator argues that Norquist does not give the GOP “marching orders” on taxes and says Democrats are using him as an excuse to avoid striking a grand bargain with Republicans that includes entitlement cuts.
He cites recent statements from Democrats where they said Norquist is pulling the strings.
“But this story is utterly false. Senate Republicans — and many House Republicans — have repeatedly rejected Mr. Norquist’s strict interpretation of his own pledge, a reading that requires them to defend every loophole and spending program hidden in the tax code. While most Republicans do, of course, oppose tax increases, they are hardly the mindless robots Democrats say they are,” Coburn wrote.
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