Here is video of the GOP Senate Minority Leader – Mitch McConnell – on ABC News’ “This Week” where he said today that moving forward, there will be no further tax increases as part of the Debt-Ceiling Battle with President Obama. McConnell said the Fiscal Cliff deal just passed raised tax rates on the top earners, but that now “the tax issue is finished, over, completed.” What now must be worked out are spending cuts and reform of entitlements:
“Oh, yeah, the tax, the revenue, the tax issue is finished – over – completed. That’s behind us. Now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future? And that’s our spending addiction. It’s time to confront it. The President surely knows that. I mean, he has mentioned it both publicly and privately. The time to confront it is now.”
This is the line they need to hold.
The Drudge Headline this morning, linking to this Breitbart story, pretty well says it all about the “Deal” passed by the U.S. Senate (89-8) last night to supposedly avoid the “Fiscal Cliff.” But the real “Cliff” of mounting debt and out-of-control spending by the Federal Government is still out there. It’s interesting to note that Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul voted “No” on the deal. Both are possible GOP Presidential Candidates for 2016.
The House of Representatives has not yet voted on the “Deal,” and conservative House Republicans are not happy about the increase in taxes and almost complete lack of spending cuts in the deal worked out by Vice-President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
UPDATE 11:30 AM ET: Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey thinks the House Republicans will “grudgingly” go along with this deal. But Ed sees a possible “silver lining” in the deal for Republicans:
“The deal did not include any resolution on either the sequester or the debt limit. If there is a silver lining for Republicans, it’s that they have successfully delinked tax rates and spending issues in this fight. The next round of bargaining will deal only with government spending, and House Republicans will have the debt ceiling as a powerful card to play.
With the Senate voting 89-8 in favor of the bill, I’d guess that House Republicans will grudgingly go along with the deal, with a big assist from House Democrats this time around. They have until tomorrow to get the deal done in this session of Congress, though, so expect to hear plenty of debate first. . . .”
“No” Votes: Bennet D-CO, Carper D-DE, Grassley R-IA, Harkin D-IA, Lee R-UT, Paul R-KY, Shelby R-AL, Rubio R-FL #fiscalcliff— Casey Kelley (@policygal) January 1, 2013
Hard to evaluate who “won” the fiscal deal because it’s not actually all that clear what either side’s goals were.— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) January 1, 2013
Mitch McConnell did a very good job in getting package.It is in fact a big win in many ways, with the spending battle postponed 60 days— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) January 1, 2013
House GOP aide says while R’s may not like the #fiscalcliff bill, says they’re “handcuffed” because of the overwhelming Senate vote.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 1, 2013
Rand Paul and Marco Rubio both voted no.How will Paul Ryan vote? #2016— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 1, 2013
Maybe Boehner will stop this one sided deal in the House…I hope so!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2013
Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reporting “We have reached an agreement on all the tax issues” to avoid going over the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” McConnell said a deal to extend current tax rates for most Americans is “very, very. close,” and that he would continue to work in the days ahead for ways to cut spending.
In other words, it appears Republicans are ready to agree to tax rate increases with no spending cuts. Dealing with the real Fiscal problem – runaway Government spending – is not going to be done once again.
U.S. SENATE WILL ATTEMPT TO VOTE ON FISCAL CLIFF DEAL MONDAYNIGHT, BUT STILL WORK TO BE DONE-REPUBLICAN SEN. JON KYL REUTERS— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 31, 2012
As soon as Biden and McConnell can work out buying down 3-months of the sequester via 50% spending cuts and 50% taxes, then there’s a deal— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) December 31, 2012
Boehner “told us to stick around and stay sober – semi-sober, anyhow,” said Rep. John Carter, R-Tex.bit.ly/VnV03V— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) December 31, 2012
Sen Kyl: Deal is largely reached to avert fiscal #cliff. Still hoping to vote tonight in Senate.— WSJFiscalCliff (@WSJFiscalCliff) December 31, 2012
Rand Paul: Deal ‘will pass with bipartisan support’ wapo.st/10GiveC— PostPolitics (@postpolitics) December 31, 2012
Kyl says the sequester will be delayed for two months, says Senate GOP will coalesce around agreement, even tho some pts aren’t perfect— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) December 31, 2012
Kyl: “For Republicans, it’s a question of how bad it could have been.” Supports McConnell’s negotiations, product.— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) December 31, 2012
Here is video of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate Floor this evening after meeting with President Obama at the White House this afternoon, where they both said they had a “good meeting” on the “Fiscal Cliff.” Both indicated they are “hopeful” a deal can be reached and passed before the January 1, 2013 deadline.
It’s interesting that the House of Representatives sent a bill extending the current tax rates to the Senate months ago, and have been saying the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama need to act on it. Now, just three days away from the “Cliff,” there is tacit admission by Obama and the Democrats that it is the Senate that must act – what the GOP has been saying all along.
Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling Obama and the Democrats on their bluff of a “Fiscal Cliff” proposal. McConnell actually proposed to add Obama’s laughable “Fiscal Cliff” offer sent up by Tim Geithner as an amendment “as is,” giving Democrats a chance to support Obama’s offer. Obama’s proposal has no spending cuts and a massive tax increase, and asks for unilateral and unlimited power to raise the debt-ceiling any time he desires. Harry Reid refused to support bringing Obama’s offer to a vote because he knows it is a piece of junk.
Here is video of Sen. John Cornyn today on Fox News where he said President Obama’s actions indicate he actually wants the United States to go off the “Fiscal Cliff.”
Cornyn was reacting to the laughable plan put forward by Obama through Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner yesterday – a plan that featured tax increases, more spending, and no real spending cuts! Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to have laughed out loud in the meeting when he heard the proposal.
Here is video of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying he puts the odds at “50-50″ that the GOP will be able to take control of the U.S. Senate in November’s Election. Either way, McConnell said it will be a very narrow majority for whoever wins.
Here is U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell responding to President Obama’s claim that the private sector of the U.S. Economy is “doing fine.”
McConnell reminded everyone that the problem is not that Barack Obama has not gotten what he wanted to enact – the problem is that he DID get what he wanted! For two years, Obama was able to push through whatever he wanted – from the $1 Trillion “Stimulus” Boondoggle, to the “Cash for Clunkers” fiasco to the passage of ObamaCare, which McConnell described as a “job killer” for America.