Posted by | December 2, 2010 10:51 | Filed under: Top Stories

Arizona Senator John Kyl says there must be a tax deal by Monday for the Senate to consider passing a nuclear arms treaty by the end of the year.

Kyl said if negotiators don’t reach a deal on the Bush taxes within a week “then you’re not going to have time to do START,” making a reference to the pending Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. The Senate must ratify it with a two-thirds vote of the chamber.

The emerging conventional wisdom has been that Senate Republicans would agree to ratify START if Obama and Democratic leaders agreed to a temporary extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

A letter signed by every Republican senator sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid states that no other business will get done until a tax agreement is reached.

“If the taxes all can’t be resolved and voted on and completed and spending for the government for the next 10 months completed by, like, next Monday, I don’t know how there’s enough time to complete START,” Kyl said.

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