Republicans seize on unemployment rate hike

By Stephen Ohlemacher

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Dec. 3 2010 9:39 a.m. MST

Senate leaders from both parties negotiated Thursday evening on a plan that would have allowed votes Friday on Democratic and Republican proposals. Those talks, however, broke down. Without unanimous consent from all senators, Reid was unable to schedule the votes before Saturday.

McConnell said the Senate should "stop wasting time on political show-votes and focus on our priorities. It's time to get serious. It's time to extend the current tax rates and fund the government while cutting spending. Every day spent on a political show-vote is another day that Democrats won't be able to debate items that should actually pass."

Reid said, "We believe it's important the American people understand where we stand."

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