On Camera: McConnell gives preview of fall issues, potential tame lame duck session

09/01/2010 02:20 PM

(WITH VIDEO) LEXINGTON — Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator and the Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, predicted Tuesday that any lame-duck session of Congress would be tame and unmemorable, particularly if Republicans fare well in the November elections.

McConnell told about 250 business leaders at the Commerce Lexington public policy luncheon that he didn’t think Democrats would try to cram in major pieces of their agenda into a special session after the election — before the new Congress with newly-elected members take office in January.


McConnell also said some of the major decisions to address the nation’s debt and budget deficit won’t be decided until a commission appointed by congressional leaders of both parties makes its recommendations. He said that could actually lead to “something good” happening in a lame duck session.

Another issue brewing this fall is the debate over whether to continue tax cuts Congress approved earlier this decade. McConnell joked that Democrats like to refer to them as the “Bush tax cuts” just to run against former President George W. Bush again.

McConnell did highlight one area of agreement he has with President Barack Obama in a speech Monday. McConnell said he was pleased Obama held the course laid out by President George W. Bush on the conflict in Iraq.

McConnell made the remarks hours before Obama addressed the nation to mark the end of the combat phase of the War in Iraq, as American forces now shift to a supporting role of the Iraqis.

One business leader asked McConnell to explain where the debate over immigration reforms stand. Here’s his answer:

- Reporting by Ryan Alessi and video by Greg Pursifull


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