Congress might be in what's technically referred to as a lame-duck session, but it's looking more like a game of political chicken.
In perhaps the brashest legislative strong-arming Republicans have mustered in months, all 42 current members of the GOP Senate conference signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., threatening to block his last- minute leftist agenda if it doesn't stick to issues that include tackling taxes and spending.
The letter calls for a filibuster of any legislation not directly related to time-sensitive votes that would prevent taxes from going up for all Americans. In other words, it argues for extending the Bush tax cuts and the passage of a budget, things that Democrats have long delayed. (It's also worth noting that if Congress doesn't pass a budget, the government risks shutdown on Friday evening.)
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