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Sen. Reid: Norquist Pulls Strings on GOP

Wednesday, 06 Jul 2011 05:11 PM

By Dan Weil

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, upset about the unwillingness of Republicans to back tax increases, is taking out his anger on Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Extremists who stand at Norquist’s beck and call are controlling the GOP, The Hill quotes Reid as saying.

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

All but 13 Republican members of Congress have signed Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a commitment to fight a net increase in federal taxes.

Republicans' refusal to broach any sort of tax increase is hurting talks on cutting the budget deficit and raising the debt ceiling, Reid contends.

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


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