(The Hill) Americans for Tax Reform, the group founded by the anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, said Wednesday that Speaker John Boehner’s proposal to allow taxes for the highest earners to rise would not violate its anti-tax pledge.

Ryan Ellis, ATR’s tax policy director, said that the “sole purpose” of the House proposal — which would allow rates on annual income above $1 million to go up at year’s end — was to prevent tax increases for most people.

ATR, which oversees an anti-tax pledge signed by the vast majority of congressional Republicans, also noted that the House had already voted to extend all income tax rates.

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