Republican House leaders on Wednesday were frantically trying to build support for a GOP proposal to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff,” attempting to reassure a wary rank-and-file that taking the unprecedented step of allowing taxes to rise for those making more than $1 million a year is the party’s best option.
Leadership aides expressed cautious optimism that the plan, advanced by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) Tuesday, will pass the House in a scheduled Thursday vote.
Boehner received significant cover Wednesday as Americans for Tax Reform, the anti-tax group headed by Grover Norquist, announced it will not consider a vote for the plan a violation of the pledge signed by 238 House Republicans promising never to raise taxes.Read the full story HERE.
According to Ryan spokesman Conor Sweeney, Ryan is on board as well:
"Chairman Ryan will continue to work to protect as many Americans as possible from tax hikes. Chairman Ryan believes that Speaker Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ meets that criteria.”