“This is nothing more than political chicanery and undermines the president’s ongoing discussions and efforts on tax rates,” House Republican Whip Eric Cantor said in a statement. The Virginia lawmaker called the measure “a non- starter.”
Speaking of non-starters:
According to a letter delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning, Republicans will block all debate on all legislation until the tax cut impasse is bridged and the federal government has been fully funded -- even if it means days tick by and the Senate misses its opportunity to pass DADT, an extension of unemployment insurance and other Dem items.
The Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for the rich, and the Democrats don't. Both parties want to extend the middle-class tax cuts. But instead of voting on what the two parties can agree on, the Republicans are insisting they get their way, even though they're (for a few more weeks at least) in the minority. They will do this at the expense of the unemployed.
When people accuse the Republicans of sabotage for political gain, this is what they are talking about.