Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday said the pledge from the Grover Norquist-led "Americans for Tax Reform" remains "very important" to the GOP.
Spicer told MSNBC's Chuck Todd that the pledge reminds Congressional Republicans -- some of whom have expressed misgivings toward Norquist's anti-tax demands in recent days -- of the job that they are expected to address:
“ I think it's very important...I think it’s important for them to remember the problem that we have, which is a spending problem. And frankly I think we look at it in terms of any family, if your family is going into debt, the first thing you do is say, ‘Dad, go out and get a second job and raise more revenue for the family.’ You look at the family budget and say, ‘Where do we cut? How do we get back?’ Once that’s all done thoroughly, then I think you look and say, ‘Okay, we’re still a little short to pay down the debt. How do we bring in more revenue? So I think before -- for a lot of these members of Congress who have committed to saying the problem is spending, we need to reform our out-of-control entitlements, that's where the re focus should be.