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.