Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doubtful Congress would be willing to claw back spending from the massive $1.3 trillion omnibus bill approved last month, The Hill reported Tuesday.
In remarks to reporters, the Kentucky Republican said he was open to the idea – but skeptical about whether it is "achievable," The Hill reported.
"I'm willing to discuss with the administration the possibility of some kind of rescission package," he said. "I think it's worth a discussion. Whether that's achievable is another matte."
He also noted the even though the spending package "was larger than most Republicans would like . . . it was a bipartisan agreement," The Hill reported.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. and President Donald Trump have talked about using the Budget Act of 1974 to rescind spending from the omnibus, The Hill reported, noting the law would prevent a filibuster against the package.
But a number of Republicans have raised reservations — and doubt the party could win 50 votes in the Senate, The Hill reported
House Republicans are expected to vote on a balanced budget amendment this week — and McConnell left the door open to giving the measure a vote.
"That's the kind of vote we're likely to see at some point," he told reporters, The Hill reported.
Meanwhile, minority leader Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., dismissed the earnestness of Republicans to claw back spending — saying they need to "walk the walk and not just talk the talk."
"That means one of two things: A, they're not serious, or B, they want to cut Medicare and Social Security," he said, The Hill reported.
"We've made an agreement. I hope they won't go back on it," he said, The Hill reported.
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