Club for Growth Won't Punish Republicans Who Back Tax Deal

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Dec. 8 2010 1:18 PM

Club for Growth Won't Punish Republicans Who Back Tax Deal

Yesterday, the Club for Growth put out a statement from Chris Chocola opposing the tax cut deal.

The plan would resurrect the Death Tax, grow government, blow a hole in the deficit with unpaid-for spending, and do so without providing the permanent relief and security our economy needs to finally start hiring and growing again. Instead, Congress should pass a permanent extension of current rates, including a permanent repeal of the death tax, and drop all new spending.

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"No, I don't see that happening," said Keating. "We want to push them hard and get the best deal possible. But this is choice between having legislators do nothing, which would result in a tax increase, and voting for some temporary tax cuts that aren't everything we'd like. We're not discussing whether to increase the death tax from 0 to 35 percent. We're discussing whether to let it go to 55 percent. So this is not something I see someone getting a challenge on."

In 2010, the Club for Growth provided key support to Republicans in Utah, Florida, and other states, challenging GOP incumbents who had made compromises with Democrats on spending, environmental legislation, and taxes. Keating did say that Republicans could face primary challenges, backed by the Club, on other legislation -- just not on this.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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