Norquist says Republicans didn’t violate tax pledge because vote happened after midnight

For Grover Norquist, the Senate-backed fiscal cliff bill on its way to the House floor Tuesday is a tax cut that House Republicans can vote for and defend to their constituents without violating their anti-tax increase pledges.

“It’s technically not a violation of the pledge, but I understand why a lot of Republicans had said, look, even though what’s happening is the tax cuts disappear and we’re restoring them for most people — so we’re not raising taxes. We’re actually cutting taxes,” the anti-tax lobbyist said on CNN.

“You’re saying because the Bush tax cuts have expired yesterday. So, basically they expired yesterday, so technically these are still tax cuts (in the Senate bill)?” host Anderson Cooper asked.

“Correct,” Norquist said.