A February 10, 2010 article by Walter Alarkon, Jay Heflin, and Alexander Bolton -- Reid: Jobs bill to come with Republican help (The Hill) -- informs that in the Reid-McConnell talks, the Senate Minority Leader "is demanding a time certain" for addressing the estate tax:
Senate leaders are working on an estate tax deal that could make it easier to move a bipartisan jobs bill. A deal being discussed by [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)] and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)] involves moving an estate tax bill through the Senate that would prevent a huge hike in the tax from taking effect in 2011, staffers and lobbyists say.
The agreement would provide needed Republican votes for Reid on the jobs bill and stop the estate tax from returning to a historically high level.
However, McConnell is demanding a time certain on when the estate tax would move before agreeing to any deal on the jobs bill.
Earlier entries also discuss the jobs bill and the estate tax: