Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) on Monday became the latest Republican official to publicly renounce the anti-tax pledge devised by Grover Norquist, a powerful Washington insider who heads the Americans for Tax Reform advocacy group. Critics say the pledge, which requires all signatories to never raise taxes under any circumstamces, has led to partisan gridlock in Congress on budget issues. Corker joins Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Rep. Peter King (N.Y.), and other GOP officials who have recently distanced themselves from the pledge, raising hopes that the GOP will compromise on a budget deal with President Obama, who has demanded that any deal require tax hikes for upper-income households.
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