Senate Republicans pledge to hold the chamber hostage until the tax policy scrum is settled

Senate Republicans have a voice coarse and littered with midterm election party residue.
They promised today to block legislative action on every issue being considered by the lame-duck Congress until the dispute over extending the Bush-era tax cuts is resolved and an extension of current government funding is approved.
Things are getting wooly serious, apparently.

All 42 Senate Republicans signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, vowing to prevent a vote on “any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers.”
I guess a Tarantino bloodbath over the Bush tax cuts was to be expected.
The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts enacted by George W. Bush will expire after December 31 if Congress fails to reach an agreement on their extension. Top Democrats and Republicans disagree sharply over whether the current tax rates should be extended just for families earning $250,000 or under per year or for everyone regardless of income.
If any idealists are expecting a quick resolution to this philosophical tug of war, they’re in for an appendix burst of bilious disillusionment.