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Boehner's Counteroffer Might Not Violate Tax Pledge

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Norquist went to great lengths to preserve the pledge’s near-perfect record last year, when the bulk of GOP senators voted for a Coburn amendment eliminating the ethanol tax credit. Norquist ruled that the amendment itself violated the pledge, but pledge signers were free to sign it if they also supported another amendment proposed by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that included big tax cuts.

DeMint’s amendment, however, never came up for a vote.

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