GOP to Reid: Bush tax cuts first or face filibuster on entire agenda

Senate Republicans’ aggressive move to block virtually all business in the chamber has created a fresh round of partisan anger, threatening to derail or delay the rest of the Democratic agenda in an already gridlocked lame-duck session of Congress.

A day after both sides signaled a willingness to work together at the White House, all 42 Senate Republicans sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a warning shot: any bill brought up before votes to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and a stop-gap funding bill to keep the government operating will be filibustered.

Unless Reid alters his agenda or Republicans cave, Democrats could see a hodge-podge of measures fall by the wayside, including a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military, an authorization of defense programs, an extension of unemployment benefits, an immigration bill for children of illegals, a 9/11 first responders bill, and a slew of judges awaiting confirmation to the federal bench.

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