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Mitch McConnell Touts Trump, GOP Successes While Ripping Dems

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:39 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed "liberal Washington Democrats" for trying to block President Donald Trump's agenda "to satisfy the far-left."

His comments came in a column for the Courier Journal newspaper in advance of Trump's State of the Union speech.

Despite the efforts from Democrats, he said Trump and the GOP-led Congress have managed to be successful.

"When President Trump delivers his State of the Union address, he will have outstanding news to share," McConnell said. "After a decade of sluggish growth and stagnant paychecks, our country is back on the right track. Optimism is sweeping across the country, and the economy is finally gaining momentum.

"The Trump administration has worked with the Republican Congress to improve the lives of the American people. While liberal Washington Democrats have obstructed the president's agenda at every turn to satisfy the far-left, Republicans have remained focused on the issues important to middle-class families and workers."

McConnell touted Republicans' success in passing tax reform legislation.

"In a once-in-a-generation effort, the Republican-led Congress passed comprehensive tax reform legislation last year helping middle-class families, small businesses and workers keep more of their hard-earned money," he said.

"Almost immediately, American businesses began sharing their historic tax benefits with their employees. Already, hundreds of companies — large and small — have announced special bonuses, higher wages, retirement savings contributions and other benefits for their workforces thanks to tax reform."

McConnell also cited the Senate's confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice and a "record 12 circuit court judges last year."

And he noted Congress and the White House have delivered regulatory relief.

"We repealed a wide range of burdensome regulations, from rules that were harmful to coal families to regulations on how teachers prepare their curriculums to a rule forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood," he said.

Looking ahead, McConnell said the Senate will continue bipartisan efforts to fix "our broken immigration system."

And he added: "I hope that ongoing negotiations will lead to results that address DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), border security and other related immigration issues."

He said Trump, in his speech Tuesday night, will spell out his proposal for major improvements to roads, bridges, airports and waterways.

McConnell maintained that by working with the administration "we can develop a bipartisan plan to help businesses get their products to consumers and help all of us travel more safely and efficiently.

"During the State of the Union, President Trump can herald the many accomplishments of his first year in office and lay out his vision for the second," he said. "As he discusses the strong state of our union, I will be proud to stand up and applaud."

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