"John Boehner could never go against Grover," Reid said. "Grover Norquist. This is the 'Grover Norquist Congress,' because Republicans shake in their boots."
Reid and other Democrats have routinely complained about the pledge — taken by most Republicans — through Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, not to support proposals that raise taxes. That GOP position prevented a bipartisan agreement to cut the deficit that includes the Democratic proposal to raise new tax revenues.