Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans will filibuster any bill that doesn't extend Bush-era tax cuts to all income groups, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.
"The reality is that 42 Republican senators don't believe we should raise taxes on anybody, and there are also an indeterminate number of Democrats who agree with that," McConnell told CNN.
"You know how the Senate works," he said, referring to Senate rules that allow just 41 votes to filibuster legislation. "We're going to have an extension of all the current tax rates, the only issue is how long."
McConnell's comments came as talks were underway down the hall from his office between congressional Republicans and Democrats and White House officials about how to extend the Bush tax cuts.
It's no secret that this is the Senate Republican position on this issue, but for McConnell to be so blunt with demands even as bipartisan talks are underway suggests Republicans are not negotiating with flexibility.
Most Democrats are pushing for an extension of tax cuts just for families earning less that $250,000 a year although some have pushed to raise the threshold to $1 million. And as McConnell said, there are some Democrats who want extend all the tax cuts at least until the economy rebounds.
Earlier President Barack Obama spoke to reporters about the tax cut bill.
"I am confident that nobody wants to see taxes on middle-class families go up starting January 1st, and so there's going to be some lingering politics that have to work themselves out in all the caucuses, Democrat and Republican," Obama said. "But at the end of the day, I think that people of good will can come together."
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I say let Mitch filibuster until he turns blue in the face. Then nobody will get an extension. I'm willing to give up my tax cut to keep the rich bastards from getting theirs. The reality is that Mitch has no intention of letting any other legislation pass this year whether the tax cut extension is passed or not.
By the way, I refuse to refer to Mitch McConnell as "Senator" McConnell because he has not earned the respect to be called Senator.
Bull Cr@p McConnell – only your wealthy friends care about this. Ordinary Americans are tired of the rich taking everything and giving nothing back.
You empty holes have demonized Obama to the point that people really will allow themselves to be screwed up their arese if it means Obama can be a one term Pres. My God. You jerks are definitely NOT American. Obama is trying to help you fools if only you'd stop believing the right wing propaganda.
Yea the Country is PO'd – we're sick and tired of the wealthy in this Country getting everything and throwing a few crumbs our way and telling us to shut up and like it or they'll take even more. Do you think that's American? Anyone?
Make no mistake, this is the GOP leadership desperate to NOT have to pay their freaking fair share of taxes. Unbelievable – when the wealthy (who already have every freaking thing they could possibly need) deny honest hardworking Americans jobs and unemployment compensation. Simply unbelievable what passes for fair and balanced these days.
A Republican threatening a filibuster ... gee, how unusual!
When is America going to wake up to the fact that the Republican Party has devolved into a bunch of bullies and thugs, who have absolutely no qualms harming our country, solely to benefit their wealthy patrons?
They want to stop unemployment benefits to people, yet give a tax cut to the wealthiest 2% of our population! It's OK by them if people get thrown out into the street right before Christmas, but God forbid the wealthy should have to pay their fair share!
It makes me sick the way we have let the Republicans get away with this nonsense! If we don't stand up to them, then we're going down the toilet – and we get what we deserve.
If they are going to filibuster they need to get up there on Cspan in front of US and do the talk.
the current filibuster rules let them sit it out and not have to actually talk like in years past.
The republicans came in with mantle of openess ;let gates be opened and you now explain to US why
President Obama and the Democrats in Congress and the Senate: Time to drop your efforts at bipartisanship and just get this done using reconciliation.
Extend the tax cuts to those who will spend the money and stimulate the economy: Those making less than $250,000 per year.
Let the tax cuts expire as intended on those making more than $250,000. If they can't scrape by on their incomes, then maybe they don't deserve to.
Does this guy or his party cronies have no shame? They are begging for cuts for the rich and if they don't get them they are not coming out to play? I've never, in my 68 yrs. heard of such immature, self-serving politics. What a bunch of morons; should all be fired for doing NOTHING! They care nothing about our country or its citizens.
So the GOP negotiation strategy... compromise all the way to our demands or we won't discuss anything. where's the bi-partisanship? where's the cooperation?
the GOP complained about the left ramming their agenda down Americas' throat, and they are doing the exact same thing. come on GOP, you want to be taken seriously, then be serious. don't tell us you are for bi-partisanship and then pull this crap WHILE negotiations are going on. If the democrats had any stones, they would force you to filibuster and when taxes go back to pre Bush-Cut levels, they would hammer the republicans for refusing to compromise for the middle class Americans... but yeah, that's if they had the stones.
Because it's more important that Paris Hillton doesn't have to pay more taxes, than helping 2 million unemployed put food on the table.
Put a sock in mr. Ed mouth!!
IObama needs to stop being a Pollyanna and start being President. He needs to go to the Capitol before the vote and start loud and clear that he and the Dems want the middle class to regain a bit of economic power and for the multimillionaires to start paying a fair share - they made money the last 8 years, the middle class did not, now its time to pay the piper for their party.
Obstruct, delay followed by obstructing and delaying...The rethugliecants have been mucking up the country's legislative responsibilities since 2007. This latest letter isn't news, it's just written confirmation of the facts...
Let him filibuster. Explain that to 98% of Americans he personally led the effort to raise their taxes. Imbecile. Back to fiscal irresponsibility with Republicans believing "you like me, you really, really like me."
Can the Senate pass a bill such as this through reconsiliation? I does effect the budget...isn't that the criteria for reconsiliation? I don't think Prez Obama would loose political clout of this one if he did.
Mitch, you are an evil man to not care for anyone under your payscale. It is no wonder your face looks like a pudgy dumpling.
Breaking news. Mitch McConnell has said he will hold his breath unitl the tax cuts are extended. Little do democrats know that he can store 4 days worth of oxygen in his jowels.
Republicans are willing to hold up national security issues and bring the government a halt in a fight to protect tax cuts for the top wealthiest 2% of Americans? The reason for this "courageous last stand" is the idiotic notion that the top 2% will use these tax cuts to create jobs. Really? Really? Serious, these tax cuts have been in place since 2003! Has anybody noticed that jobs have NOT been created by giving bonuses to the richest people in the nation? And THIS is the most important item on the agenda for Republicans. All of you who voted for Republicans because you think Sarah Palin is cute and folksy might want to be a little better informed before you vote next time. Republicans want to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. They want to privatize the VA! They want to force seniors to work to age 70 when most business try to get rid of you before you're 65! Their stupid tax cuts bankrupted us with war on 2 fronts! Next time, when Beck says something that sounds too weird to be true, do a little research before you believe it. Two years of this nonsense..... God help us!
This is the Republican way - whine about needing to do what they think the American people want. The rich aren't doing enough to justify keeping the tax cuts.
This TEMPORARY tax cut has always had a planned expiration date. Let it expire!
Republicans are up to their old tricks. Protecting the wealthy again. Come January it looks like we'll be going backwards to the "same old', "same old"!
mitch mcconnell is now become a dangerous man to this country. the letter signed by the senate republicans is a vote to stop goverment from acting on all issues. these guys were sent to vote on the senate floor not somewhere outside the goverment like this letter. if you were on the outside looking into this country you would think a coup was happening here. the senate republicans are nothing more than a rubber stamp and mitch mcconnell is the big rubber stamp daddy of the group. he is like a child throwing himself onto the senate floor kicking his feet and beating his hands on the floor because he wants his own way. right out of the gate he is showing how he wants to work with democrats. what a waste of a senate seat,a vote and a leadership position mitch mcconnell is. he runs his office like the leader of a beer hall meeting planning the take over of a goverment. if he wants to be as powerful as the president than he needs to run for the office and stop trying to run the country from a minority position. this is not about the tax cuts this is his way of telling voters in his opinion we made a mistake by voting oboma into office and he is going to correct our mistake for us. guess what mitch we voters have a right to make our mistakes and you need to learn a little respect for the voters of this country. stop planning your beer hall coup go back to kentucky were you came from and maybe you could put rand paul in your office at least he has goal and ideas other than making the president fail. you and your threats are starting to bore us all. black mail is unbecoming of a us senator you would know that if you had any ethics at all!
Clearly more destructive politics as usual aimed to further accelerate the great divide separating the wealthy and the middle class using the big lie that businesses aren't hirng because of the uncertainty and jobs will be lost if the wealthy aren't getting their tax welfare check. As a business owner, you do not hire based on your tax bracket. You hire based on profit, opportunity and workload. Only the greedy, selfish and ignorant would advance such garbage to the ignorant and self serving.
Who care Mr. McCoNO.......! Americans know that your party is the PARTY of "NO".
And these are the guys that is charged with being fiscally responsible? I guess you have to repay those donors somehow.
The solution to this Republican nonsense is simple: either raise the limit so that everyone earning less than $1 million will continue to receive the tax break, or let the tax cuts completely expire–for all. Then the middle class idiots who voted Republican can feel real good about the choices they made in November. If this doesn't make it completely clear that the Republicans stand for their rich buddied, at the exclusion of all other Americans, than nothing else will.