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Mitch McConnell: GOP Congress 'Ready to Work' With Obama

By    |   Monday, 12 January 2015 07:56 PM

The new Republican-majority Congress can provide President Barack Obama "his time" for "historic achievement," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says.

In a commentary for the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Kentucky Republican issued a call for an end to "Washington's dysfunction" and passage, among other measures, of "jobs bills for the middle class."

"As the past has shown, divided government isn't a reason to do nothing; it has often been a spur to achieve big things," McConnell writes. "Ronald Reagan worked with Democratic leaders to pass bold tax and Social Security reform. A Republican Congress worked with Bill Clinton to pass ground-breaking welfare reform."

If President Obama is interested in historic achievement, this can be his time, too," he writes. "But bipartisan progress can only be achieved if he wants it. He's the only one who can bring his party on board or sign what Congress passes."

McConnell concedes bipartisan compromise "won't be easy."

"The president's supporters are pressing for militancy, not compromise," he writes. "But they need to understand that democracy isn't about what you can get away with, but about what you can achieve together."

Nevertheless, McConnell vows, "this Congress is going to function again. It's going to legislate for the middle class again."

"And while we're always going to be looking for areas where we can agree, it's OK if the president doesn't love every bill Congress passes. Few presidents do," he writes.

"The point is, our job is not to protect a president from good ideas. Our job is to get the Senate back to work and focused on passing serious ideas designed to boost jobs for the middle class and help restore our nation's promise for future generations. That's just what we intend to do, starting now."

McConnell writes that he expects a "good start" for the 114th Congress will be to take up jobs measures like "simplifying our broken tax system, opening more markets to American-made products, and approving bipartisan infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline."

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