"I did so after a careful analysis of the budget," Rigell said. "I see it as a distinctly -- and maybe counter-intuitively -- conservative position to say we as Republicans must have revenues equal to levels of spending we have authorized."
Rigell said spending cuts must significantly outweigh revenue increases and he is willing work toward the three-to-one cuts to revenue ratio.
He doesn't want to raise income tax rates at any level by letting some or all of the Bush-tax cuts expire. He prefers capping deductions and eliminating loopholes in ways that keeps the tax code progressive.
Rigell said he has been diligently working with both Republicans and Democrats to bring them around to his perspective.
Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake, who signed the Norquist pledge, isn't adverse to finding ways to increase federal revenue, just not by raising income taxes in the way Obama suggests. He said he believes there are ways to increase revenue without actually raising tax rates.
Forbes said the president and Democratic leaders in the Senate haven't been willing to sit down at the negotiating table with a serious offer.
"I think Speaker Boehner and our leadership should walk into a conference table every day, sit down at that table and hope the president and the Senate will show up at that table to do serious negotiations," Forbes said. "So far they haven't been willing even to sit at that table. Until you can sit at that table I think it would be unfair and unproductive to start disposing of things before anybody's even sat down to put them on the table."
Obama and Boehner met behind closed doors Sunday after not discussing the issue face to face for 23 days. Both sides kept silent on the substance of the discussion.
Virginia lawmakers who have signed the Norquist tax pledge
Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, but Rigell retracted his pledge in March
Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake
Robert Hurt, R-Chatham
Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke
Eric Cantor, R-Henrico
H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
9 Senators out of 40
Richard Black, R-Loudon
Tom Garrett Jr., R-Louisa
Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield
Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg
Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg
Frank M. Ruff, R-Mecklenburg
Ralph K. Smith, R-Roanoke
Bill Stanley, R-Franklin
Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Faquier
House of Delegates
21 Delegates out of 100
David Albo, R-Fairfax
Robert Bell, R-Albemarle
Kathy Byron, R-Campbell
Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge
Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania
Barbara Comstock, R-Fairfax
Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights
C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah
Greg Habeeb, R-Salem
Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax
Steve Landes, R-Augusta
Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William
Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William
Randy Minchew, R-Loudon
Israel O'Quinn, R-Washington
Chris Peace, R-Hanover
David Ramadan, R-Loudon
R. Lee Ware, Jr., R-Powhatan
Michael J. Webert, R-Faquier
Tony Wilt, R-Rockingham
Tommy Wright, R-Lunenburg
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