GOP Rep: Boehner and Others Can’t Say, ‘I Never Voted to Raise Taxes’

By Patrick Burke | January 2, 2013 | 3:00 PM EST

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, passes waiting reporters as he leaves a closed-door GOP meeting on the "fiscal cliff" bill passed by the Senate Monday night, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( - Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said by supporting the Senate-approved fiscal cliff agreement, House Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.), are now unable to claim they never voted to raise taxes.

During a conference call Wednesday, asked Duncan, “Congressman, do you think House Republicans who pledged to the American people not to increase tax rates, including Speaker Boehner, violated that pledge by voting for this fiscal cliff agreement?”

Duncan responded, “Well here’s how I look at it, and you saw the group that has a no new tax pledge come out and say this is an okay vote. I disagree. I think if you voted for this last night you bought into this whole idea that it’s okay to let tax rates go up on one group of Americans because they’re such a small percentage, but you still voted to increase taxes for someone.”

He continued, “And once you do that, then you can’t go back on the campaign trail back home and say ‘I never voted to raise taxes, I never voted to increase taxes on anyone,’ because you have, really. And so once you lose that, [you] can’t ever get it back.

“And so I think people are going to have some questions to answer back in their districts,” he said.

In the 112th Congress, there are 238 members of Congress, including Boehner, who pledged to the American people not to vote in favor of increased tax rates. In total, 85 House Republicans supported the bill, and 151 opposed.