GOP risks civil war with conservatives on right of taxes

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 10:50 hrs

Republicans are at risk of a war with conservatives over taxes if party leaders compromise any more in the fiscal cliff talks, especially if they raise tax rates.

Speaker John Boehner's pitch of 800 billion dollars in new tax revenues already has tea party-backed conservatives accusing GOP leaders of peddling a plan that would destroy job growth.

Conservatives outside groups are urging their party's rank and file to rebel and reject any new taxes, Politico reports.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his leadership team pointedly declined to endorse the proposal.

In order to get one with President Barack Obama, who has refused to cut a deal until Republicans agree to increase tax rates on the wealthy, the GOP may have to go even further on taxes, a prospect that could prompt a full-scale party rebellion, the report said.

"That's a big gulp," Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said of the $800 billion in new taxes, which did not include a tax rate increase, adding: "As long as we're not talking about rates, there may be a way to accomplish it."

"They are right it would hurt job creation. Absolutely right. Well, that's the question - what is the least, worst alternative? And I don't know what the answer to that question is at this point," Asked about the concerns from conservatives, Kyl said.

A number of influential Republican lawmakers, such as Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma, called it a serious attempt to resolve a difficult policy stalemate, with taxes poised to increase on every American and deep spending cuts about to take effect in the new year if Washington doesn't act, the report said. (ANI)

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