US anti-tax activist Norquist blesses Boehner's fiscal cliff plan

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - U.S. anti-tax activist Grover

Norquist on Wednesday gave his blessing to House Speaker John

Boehner's backup "fiscal-cliff" plan, saying it would adhere to

lawmakers' pledge not to increase taxes.

Norquist's action will likely help Boehner win House passage

of the measure on Thursday despite a White House's threat to

veto it. Boehner's backup bill, "Plan B," would shield more than

98 percent of Americans from a tax hike. But it would still

permit a tax increase for those earning more than $1 million to

automatically kick in, as scheduled, on Jan. 1.

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