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Lee Zeldin, the Republican state senator from Shirley who announced he's seeking to unseat Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said today in an email he has signed anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist's "no-tax" pledge.
Nearly every Republican in the House have signed on to the pledge sponsored by the advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform - but not all: Rep. Richard Hanna of Barneveld isn't on Norquist's list.
Democrats' insistence that more revenue is needed from federal income and other taxes, and Republicans' insistence on no new taxes, has been key to the Congressional gridlock on the budget.
“I proudly sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today to show voters just how serious I am about bringing change to Washington,” Zeldin is quoted as saying in his email.
Interestingly, in his email Zeldin does not ding Democrats, but instead attacks the more generic "Congress and the President."
"Congress and the President must put our nation’s fiscal house in order. They haven’t even passed a single federal budget since 2007, which is totally unacceptable,” Zeldin says in his email.
Bishop has not signed the pledge. He supported allowing taxes to rise to pre-Bush tax cut level, but he said he preferred a higher income levels for those seeing their taxes increase. The level adopted was $200,000 for individuals, $250,000 for married couples.