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Latino Daily News

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Republicans Threaten to Block DREAM Act if Taxes Not Addressed First

A letter signed by every Republican senator sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried (D-Nev.) states that the GOP will block the DREAM Act in Congress’ lame-duck session until a deal on tax cuts is worked out.

“One thing I think we all agreed on at the White House is that we ought to do first things first,” Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP leader, said in an interview with ABC News. “And what the American people want to know is, ‘Are our taxes going up, and how are you going to fund the government?’ Let’s do those things first, and see what kind of time is left.”

When directly asked if he thought Congress would have time to take on any issues including the DREAM Act, the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, and the extension of unemployment benefits before the end of the lame-duck session, McConnell responded, “No, I don’t think so.”

Reid’s top spokesman, Jim Manley, “tweeted”, “Anyone looking for the GOP’s strategy in lame duck, here it is.”

COUNTDOWN: Only 29 days to go before the GOP take over the House…