House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va,) were not among the 72 House Republicans who signed a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction--the so-called “Supercommittee”--asking the committee not to call for increasing taxes.
In fact, in all, 170 House Republicans failed to sign the letter, raising the question of whether some House Republicans, including the House Republican leadership, are leaving open the option of supporting some kind of tax increase in cutting a final deficit deal with congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama.
Of the 72 signers, 68 are members of the conservative Republican Study Committee, headed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)--who did sign the letter.
“Cutting back the national debt will require stronger private sector job growth and less government spending. Raising taxes would just take us further away from both goals,” Jordan said in a statement.