Just to answer a quick accusation made against some Pledge signers in Florida (N.B., the reporter in question never bothered to reach out to Americans for Tax Reform):

  1. Congressman Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Sandy Adams (R-Fla) are Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers.  They each promised their Congressional district constituents and the American people that they would not vote to raise marginal income tax rates, nor to vote for tax base-broadening (on net) without a dollar-for-dollar reduction in income tax rates.
  2. They each have kept this Pledge, and we fully expect them to do so going foward.
  3. The House GOP budget does not contain a tax increase.  It calls for revenue-neutral tax reform.  It instructs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to craft a tax proposal with two characteristics–first, top personal and corporate tax rates of no higher than 25 percent; second, a revenue target of 18-19 percent of economic output, which happens to be the tax revenue-neutral historical average.
  4. ATR full-throatedly supported the House budget.  The budget calls for a better tax system with lower marginal rates, a broader tax base, and a revenue-neutrality target.  Not only is that great policy, it's what ATR was founded to do.

Hopefully this clears up what should be an obvious question.  Should any reporters looking to do their job want to find out anything in the future, they should feel free to reach out to ATR and ask, rather than looking somewhat foolish.