(CNSNews.com) – Conservative leaders are urging the House Republican conference to take a hard line in fiscal cliff negotiations with the White House and Senate Democrats, insisting that they should not accede to President Obama’s demand for higher taxes.

President Obama is demanding $1.6 trillion in tax hikes on wealthy Americans over the coming decade, while Republicans have proposed raising $800 billion, not by raising rates as the president wants to do, but by limiting deductions and closing loopholes.

“This a massive collection of spending increases and tax increases,” Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said of Obama’s plan on ”Meet the Press” Sunday.

Norquist chastised Republicans for having “impure thoughts” that they could possibly exchange higher taxes for spending cuts, saying the White House would never agree to such a deal.

“Every Republican who had impure thoughts about ‘Maybe I could raise taxes a little because the other guys would be reasonable’ has got to go back to the drawing board. They’ve just been told there are no real reforms in this budget at all.”

Read More at cnsnews.com . By Matt Cover.

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