GOP says it'll block bills until tax cuts extended
Senate Republicans endangered Wednesday to block virtually all legislation until failing tax cuts are whole and a bill is passed to fund the federal government, vastly complicate Democratic attempts to leave their own crush on the final days of the post-election parliament.

"While there are other items that might in the end be worthy of the Senate's concentration, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of financial support the government and prevent a job-killing tax hike," all 42 GOP senators wrote in a letter to preponderance Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The 42 signatures are more than enough to block action on approximately any item he wishes to advance.

The danger does not apply to a new arms control treaty with Russia that is until, since it would be debated under rules that differ from those that apply to schedule legislation. President Barack Obama has made confirmation of the pact a top priority.

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