Reid: Republicans 'terrified' of Norquist

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said the Republican Party is now controlled by ideologues either devoted to or scared by conservative activist Grover Norquist.

"The Republican Party has been taken over by ideologies either devoted to, or terrified by, Grover Norquist and his no-tax pledge, whatever that means," said Reid.

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Norquist, who is the president of the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, has obtained the signatures of all but 13 Republican members of Congress on his Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a commitment to oppose attempts to create a net increase in federal taxes.  

Reid was arguing from the floor that Republicans' refusal to consider tax hikes of any kind is poisoning negotiations on reducing the deficit and raising the debt ceiling. 

"Republicans refuse to negotiate," said Reid. "They won't even admit to supporting their own long-held positions if Democrats support those positions too."

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