Republicans in the Senate collectively agreed that there would be no votes on any legislation unless and until expiring marginal tax rates and the budget continuing resolution were passed.

That agreement held together through the passage of “tax deal” and the defeat of the Omnibus bill.

Then Republicans proceeded to allow votes on DADT, the DREAM Act, and other legislation.

But, there is no passage of a budget resolution, and there have been negotiations through the weekend as numerous news sources are reporting:

The spending measure is critical since the current short-term law expires Tuesday, and Congress cannot adjourn without making some provision for keeping the federal government running for the next few months. Senate leaders had been in talks over the bill since a huge spending package collapsed last week, but they were unable to come to an agreement that could move through the Congress without opposition.

It looks like a deal to extend funding through early March will pass this week, but it has not passed yet. 

Republicans need to start meaning what they say.  When Republicans say no votes until tax rates and the budget resolution are passed, that means no votes until tax rates and the budget resolution are passed.

No more “read my lips” moments, please.

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