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McConnell: GOP Unity Key to Moving Trump's Agenda

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By    |   Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 02:02 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has stressed to his Republican colleagues in Congress not to expect any help from Democrats to pass the GOP's legislative priorities.

"The only way you can achieve success in an environment like now, where there's not much bipartisanship, is for [Republican Congressmen] to have our act together and to work out our differences among ourselves," Sen. McConnell told The Hill.

With Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade, McConnell knows this is the party's best chance to pass major legislative initiatives.

He said that because most Democrats are not interested in cooperating to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare or to overhaul the tax code, Republicans will try to pass those bills on party-line votes under a special budgetary process that protects them from filibusters.

"When you're taking that path, you better have your people all lined up, because if you can't get your own guys together, particularly in the Senate, you can't get where you want to go," McConnell said.

Even with partisanship apparently at an all-time high, McConnell also knows he will need centrist Democrats to join him in order to pass some of the major legislation.

But McConnell's hopes of Republican unity crucial to the administration's success already appears to be in danger, as more than a dozen GOP Congressmen, in addition to some conservative groups, have criticized Trump's executive order banning immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries – both for its content and for the way the decision was taken and carried out, Time reported.

Although the percentage of GOP dissenters on the immigrant ban issue is still relatively small, it is becoming increasingly clear President Trump will not have an unconditional coalition behind him.

And Time pointed out there is also unease over other policy decisions, such as the amount that will be spent on building the wall on the Mexican border without a corresponding cut elsewhere in the budget.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has stressed to his Republican colleagues in Congress not to expect any help from Democrats to pass the GOP's legislative priorities.
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