In the game of neighborhood kickball that is the American government, Republican Senators have just stuck their tongues out, taken the ball home, and effectively ended the game. In a letter signed by all 42 Republicans currently in office, they’ve pledged to block every piece of legislation that comes through in this session until the Bush-era tax cuts are extended. Gosh, can’t these kids get along? This is worse than the argument they had on whether or not to use a ghost runner on third.
From the New York Times:
“The letter goes on: ‘With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities. While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.’
Republicans are locked in battle over what to do about the Bush-era tax cuts, which expire at the end of the year. President Obama and Democratic lawmakers want to extend the cuts to all Americans except those with income above $250,000, while Republicans want tax cuts extended to Americans at all income levels. Another idea that has been kicking around over the last few weeks — proposed by some Democrats — is raising the expiration income ceiling to households with at least $1 million in income.
At the same time, Congress needs to make a legislative move to keep the government funded before the 112th Congress takes over in January.”
Well, it looks like gays in the military can look forward to more not asking and not telling, the Start treaty has been stopped, and the unemployed whose benefits expire today can get back to watering that money tree in their back yard. It’s not all bad though. With all this free time now that the Republicans have decided nothing can happen, Harry Reid will have plenty of time to read off more BCS rankings.
Check out video of Senator Mitch McConnell mentioning the letter on the floor from C-Span below:
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