Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the Democratic Party for refusing to cut spending and also blamed Democrats for holding up legislation extending the payroll tax cut.
McConnell said the issue will be resolved by the end of February, when the tax cut expires, but not without a fight.
“They just don’t want to cut any spending,” the Kentucky Republican said Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We don’t believe that taking somebody’s money and spending it on things like Solyndra is a good idea.”
McConnell also blasted President Barack Obama for creating a national debt “the size of our economy.”
“We have this problem . . . because we spend way too much,” he told host Candy Crowley. “If you want to see what happens, just look across the Atlantic. That’s the direction we’re headed in.”
When asked about Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s protest strategy to block all of Obama’s
bureaucratic nominations, in response to the president’s controversial recess appointments, McConnell defended the maneuver and said it is not uncommon.
McConnell said the president purposefully waited to appoint four people to two agency boards until the Senate was on its holiday break.
“We all know the president wants to pick a fight with Congress,” he said. “Liberal presidents have always found the Congress inconvenient. This president . . . just ignores the constitution altogether.”
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