Mitch McConnell on Rising Deficit: ‘It’s Not a Republican Problem'

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 18, 2018

But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks.

Democratic candidates for the House and Senate who are struggling to focus voters on health-care policy and the threat that Republicans pose to a steadily-more-popular Affordable Care Act got an unlikely assist in their warnings.

The GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts failed by just one vote previous year.

"It's disappointing, but it's not a Republican problem", McConnell told Bloomberg on Tuesday. "We're not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working". McConnell called it "the one disappointment of this Congress from a Republican point of view". It's a bipartisan problem: "unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future".

In a wide-ranging briefing with reporters in the Capitol, McConnell said that the GOP probably has "a slight edge" to hang onto its Senate majority in next month's midterms, while also promising he would not change Senate filibuster rules to allow legislation to move more freely - as the President has repeatedly demanded.

McConnell's comments came one day after the White House reported that the government ran a deficit of $779 billion in the fiscal year that ended September 30, a 17 percent increase from the year before.

Republicans spent most of the Obama administration complaining about budget deficits, but they have largely backed down during the Trump administration, supporting his proposals to raise spending and cut taxes as part of his agenda. Bill Nelson thinks the top Republican in the U.S. Senate revealed something so politically fraught to Floridians, he might as well have just donated to his reelection campaign. "So no, I don't fault the administration for trying to give us an opportunity to do this differently and to go in a different direction", the majority leader said.

"We'll have to sit down again and decide what we're going to do with our annual discretionary spending after the first of the year and see what kind of agreements we can reach".

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