Reid Slams Boehner, GOP For Staying On Christmas Break "Mr. President, Grover Norquist is standing in the way of this, not rich people, but Grover Norquist -- the man who says what the Republicans can do. So I say to the Speaker, take the escape hatch that we've left you, put the economic fate of the nation ahead of your own fate as Speaker of the House. Millions of middle-class families are nervously watching and counting down the moments until their taxes go up. Nothing can move forward In regards to our budget crisis unless Speaker Boehner and leader McConnell are willing to participate in coming up with a bipartisan plan. Speaker Boehner is unwilling to negotiate. We've not heard a word from Leader McConnell. Nothing is happening. Democrats can't put together a plan on their own without participation of leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner. Nothing can happen on the fiscal cliff and so far they are radio silent."