Senate Republicans Circulating Letter Urging Blockage Of All Democratic-Initiated Bills
Senate Republicans are gathering signatures on a letter vowing to block any bill initiated by Democrats that doesn’t involve tax cuts or government spending.
If carried out, it would doom Democratic-backed attempts to end the Pentagon’s practice of discharging openly gay members of the military service and give legal status to young illegal immigrants who join the military or attend college.
A nuclear arms treaty with Russia that President Barack Obama wants ratified would not be affected, since any debate would take place under different rules than those that apply to legislation. Even so, its passage is not assured as Republicans are seeking concessions from the White House.
Officials who disclosed the new Republican maneuver did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss it.
Incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell don’t believe Americans want cooperation between the two parties.
“Despite what some Democrats in Congress have suggested, voters did not signal they wanted more cooperation on the Democrats’ big-government policies that most Americans oppose,” McConnell and incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in an op-ed article published in the Washington Post.Click here for reuse options!
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