McConnell on Fox predicts payroll tax cut extension ultimately will pass with bipartisan support

12/12/2011 05:45 AM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Fox News Sunday that Congress should extend the payroll tax cut for one more year and that a GOP proposal to do it could get “significant” Democratic support.

McConnell told Fox’s Chris Wallace that one of the sticking points of the GOP’s plan — it’s inclusion of speeding up the approval for the Keystone pipeline — would get Democratic support despite statements by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the the contrary.

McConnell said his support for the Keystone pipeline that would transport crude oil across much of North America from Alberta, Canada, to Oklahoma would put him on the same side of the issue as union leader Jimmy Hoffa Jr.

But Florida Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he didn’t think the version of the bill with the Keystone pipeline would ultimately pass.

Also during McConnell’s appearance on Fox News Sunday, the Senate minority leader said he believed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “misled” Congress over the ill-fated gunrunning program, Fast and Furious.


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