WASHINGTON – Cathy McMorris, a candidate for Washington\’s 5th Congressional District seat, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, President George W. Bush, 42 U.S. senators, and 217 members of the U.S. House of Representatives (three from Washington) have signed the Pledge. Additionally, eight governors and over 1,190 state legislators also have signed the Pledge.

"America needs elected officials who are committed to protecting taxpayers, and signing our Pledge demonstrates that kind of leadership," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

"By signing the Pledge, State Representative McMorris demonstrates allegiance to hard-working taxpayers nationwide, as well as dedication to taxpayers in her state. State Representative McMorris should be commended for her principled opposition to tax increases as a solution to politicians tax-and-spend habits."

"I strongly encourage all candidates to sign the No Tax Pledge," Norquist concluded.

Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.