Skip to comments.'Fully engaged' McConnell expresses optimism on debt deal
Posted on 07/30/2011 3:02:36 PM PDT by Qbert
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Saturday he and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are fully engaged with the White House on a debt deal and expressed optimism an agreement will be reached.
Ive spoken with the president and the vice president within the last hour and a half," McConnell said at a press conference with Boehner shortly after the House rejected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) debt-ceiling plan.
"We are now fully engaged with the one person who can sign a bill into law, McConnell told reporters.
Fewer than three days before the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, McConnell insisted that the economic doomsday scenario would not happen. Faced with questions about whether soldiers would receive paychecks, McConnell said a deal would be made.
Our country is not going to default for the first time in our history that is not going to happen we now have a level of seriousness and the right people at the table that we needed and thought we had, as the Speaker indicated last week, McConnell said.
McConnell added that he is confident and optimistic that we can get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis.
McConnell spoke hours after House Republicans rejected Reid's plan and less than a day after Senate Democrats dispatched with Boehner's plan.
The end game on the debt deal now appears to revolve around talks between McConnell, Reid and President Obama.
Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) traveled to the White House for a meeting with Obama late Saturday afternoon.
The tricky part for the congressional leaders remains finding a bill that can move through both chambers, including a House dominated by Tea Party freshman Republicans.
McConnell said at his press briefing that he had talked with Obama and Vice President Biden on a way forward. Top ranking leaders in the House and Senate are "discussing ways to reach an agreement," McConnell said.
Boehner, who walked out on talks with the White House more than a week ago, agreed that a deal would come together soon.
He said in spite of our differences, we are dealing with reasonable, responsible people who want this crisis to end as quickly as possible, and Im confident that it will.
Reid's proposal was defeated in a 173-246, with 11 Democrats joining House Republicans in voting down the measure.
Recipe for disaster.
McConnell is filthy. He is as bad as Reid.
Still has to pass the House.
I’m still pushing my critter [Graves - Ga] to the 1 cent solution or whatever it’s called.
it cuts [yes, cuts - not pretend] 1% each year for the next 6 years or so and we’re balance.
baseline budgeting would say this bill cuts 8% - now - and 8% more in following years.
The Turkey is infected with the DC disease,No cure but remove and replace,Kentucky ,man the voting booths and send the Gobbler packing.
These are the same negotiations they had at the White House a week ago. Both sides stood firm and the negotiations collapsed.
Except this time, Obama and Reid will stand firm and Boehner/McConnell will fold.
Fully engaged in their usual cheating, lying and stealing from the taxpayers.
Yeah. The Gobbler is engaged to Reid. The wedding will follow very soon. And the DC Class will throw them a big glorious reception.
We Tea Partiers get to pick up the trash afterwards.
“Still has to pass the House.”
I’m gussing Obama will twist arms and make threats to get as many Dems on board as he can to save face. The question is, will enough Repubs offer their own heads for the chopping block yet again (after the Speaker’s dishonesty through all of this), too?
See what Reid said
However, Senate Majority Reader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were also engaged with the White House. They were summoned for urgent talks. When Reid returned to the Capitol he struck a downbeat note.
Reid The question is, are we closer to an agreement, The answer is no.
Of course he’s confident. Reid wrote the bill. Wellllll....the people behind the scenes who pull his strings anyway.
Kind of amused watching these bad actors pretend to be on opposite sides.
Obama doesn’t need to be engaged. He will sign whatever is put in front of him.
This is the stupid McConnell strategy all over again: give up completely, but try to blame as much of it as possible on Obama.
Fix the real problems, dork!
“we now have ... the right people at the table”
“a House dominated by Tea Party freshman Republicans”
Apparently *not* the right people at the table.
If the House Republicans have any honor, they will vote down any “changed” bill, collectively.
Does the deal meet the President’s goal of cutting the deficit in half in 5 years?
You owe me a KB!
“Kind of amused watching these bad actors pretend to be on opposite sides.”
What planet are u from? Democrats will be stampeding to vote for this bill. The real question u should be asking is why isn’t Bonehead
gonna “Table” this bill like Harry “Tabled” His. The answer...
This fix has been for a while. Where have u been?
McConnell is out to break one off in the tax payers, the man loves his pork.
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