Norquist’s organization, 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.  

He credited his pledge as playing a major role in causing Republicans in both chambers to refuse to consider any legislation with tax hikes as part of a deal to lift the debt ceiling.

In Wednesday’s speech, Norquist also declared victory in that latest battle. 

“We won the last six and a half months,” said Norquist. "From where we were heading, we took $2.5 trillion off the table."