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All 42 Senate Republicans Sign Letter Agreeing to Block Action on Virtually Everything but Tax Cuts, Spending

In a statement on Wednesday, Reid lambasted the GOP for employing what he described as a strategy of obstruction. "Republicans have simply put in writing the political strategy they have pursued over the last two years: obstruct and delay critical help for struggling Americans, and then blame others for the problems they refuse to solve," Reid said. "This strategy is very cynical but very obvious and transparent."


Do you think people voted them in to block anything from getting done?

 
mommom2000

Asked by mommom2000 at 11:03 AM on Dec. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike,"


    Those tax cuts have been in effect since 2003, IF those tax cuts were the answer (or even a partial solution) to the job crisis, what has been going on for last 3+ years? WHERE ARE ALL THESE JOBS? WHO has been sitting on good American jobs?  Old and stale excuse, IMO- The Repubs are holding the American public hostage; bully in the schoolyard approach. I guess they really did not listen to the American people after all. Nothing like guaranteeing Obama four more years!

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:19 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Those tax cuts have been in effect since 2003, IF those tax cuts were the answer (or even a partial solution) to the job crisis, what has been going on for last 3+ years?


    At this point it's not that keeping taxes where they are on the higher earners will create jobs, more like it will just save jobs. If small business takes yet another hit in this economy there WILL be more layoffs. They're just trying to save the jobs that we currently have without making things worse.
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 11:30 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • People voted them in because they got shilled into thinking they gave a shit.
    This is sickening.
    Jenny-talia

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 11:04 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • "We write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers," reads the letter.


    The operative word being UNTIL.  In other words, lets get this business out of the way first and then we can eat cake.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:14 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • What are you talking about? I didn't give talking points. I C & P'd the parts of the article that gave the other side of the story than the parts you copied. I am not giving talking points at all. I'm just agreeing with them that we need to be able to fund our spending instead of borrowing more that we have no hope of paying back.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:24 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • "We write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers," reads the letter.


    So far I agree with them.  It goes on:


    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,"


    I fail to see the problem.  They want to prioritize the expiration of the tax cuts.  I agree with them fully.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:11 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • "Every Senate Republican has signed onto a letter vowing to block all Democratic-backed legislation until the chamber extends the Bush tax cuts and approves a spending bill to keep the government running, Fox News has learned. "

    Yes. They want keep the government running. The federal workers paid, etc.
    This is truly a travesty. Reid's out of line, trying to pass stuff while he's still got a majority, and ignoring the fact that the gov. is ready to shut down because they haven't funded it.
    Why aren't you mad at him?

    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:12 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Woah, lets get this straight here. The Dems are trying to push through their favored legislation before they loose power next month and the repubs are just saying "we need to address the tax cut issue first". It's a block anything *until* they come to an agreement on the tax cuts.

    Yea, it's a strategic move on their part, but if it's what they have to do to get the tax cuts extended, so be it. Both sides use strategic planning to push through their agendas... remember the healthcare bill???
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 11:12 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • It's politics as usual. Infantile, obstructive, DEstructive, and destined to screw YOU.


    I hope you apply that logic to both sides of the aisle.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:16 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Why isn't Reid discussing/debating this common ground? Why is he focusing on liberal special interst project votes? _______________________________________


    Why isn't he worried about funding the effing government? We can go back and forth all day about the tax cuts, and have ad nauseum, but the effing government isn't budgeted for and will shut down shortly.


    That means that the cafemoms who work for the gov and have hubbies that work for the gov won't get the paycheck before Christmas. Priority to you? it is to me.


    He just wants to get as many DEMOCRATIC agenda things passed as possible.

    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:56 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

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