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Republicans have grown increasingly frustrated by Majority Leader Harry Reid's strict control of the Senate floor. Using complex parliamentary maneuvers, the Nevada Democrat has blocked the chance to offer amendments on both a bipartisan energy efficiency bill and now on the tax cuts bill. (Associated Press)

Republicans have grown increasingly frustrated by Majority Leader Harry Reid's strict control of the Senate floor. Using complex parliamentary maneuvers, the Nevada Democrat has blocked the chance to offer amendments on both a bipartisan energy efficiency bill and now on the tax cuts bill. (Associated Press)

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