So much for bipartisan politics sweeping the nation’s capitol. It feels like it was just yesterday when President Obama met with Republicans to talk about how they should work together. It was yesterday, but today Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his party will block all legislation until Democrats vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
McConnell said that members of his caucus are united in the pledge to use procedural votes to prevent any other non-economic issues — including the new START treaty, the DREAM Act, or the defense authorization bill that contains a potential repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy – from coming to the floor for debate.
“Republicans have pleaded with Democrats to put aside their wish-list – to focus on the things Americans want us to focus on,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “They’ve ignored us. The voters repudiated their agenda at the polls. They’ve ignored them.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed the GOP tactic as “very cynical, but very obvious and very transparent.”
GOP to block all bills until tax cuts are addressed. MSNBC. December 1, 2010.