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McConnell’s Proudest Achievement This Congress? He Just Hinted at It in an Op-Ed.

McConnell took a proverbial victory lap in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner published on Tuesday.

By NTK Staff | 11.20.2018 @11:45am
McConnell’s Proudest Achievement This Congress? He Just Hinted at It in an Op-Ed.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had two years of unified Republican government, and the expert political tactician tried to make the most of it.

He took a proverbial victory lap in an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner early Tuesday morning. Much of the early paragraphs of the op-ed are celebrating the current strong state of the American economy.

But what does McConnell talk about first in terms of the Senate’s accomplishments in the past two years? Unsurprisingly, the GOP tax cuts.

This all-American comeback is thanks in part to the transformation in governing philosophies that Americans voted for in 2016. Without a single Democrat’s vote, Republicans passed and President Trump signed the first comprehensive tax reform law in a generation.

Following the GOP tax cuts are the rollback of Obama-era regulations (many through the Congressional Review Act) and repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act (including the individual mandate, which the GOP tax bill eliminated).

McConnell also touted several bipartisan achievements of this Congress though, including:

  • “[L]andmark legislation to tackle the opioid crisis”
  • Dodd-Frank rollback
  • “[N]ew resources and reforms for our nation’s veterans”
  • And a return to “a regular appropriations process that avoided another omnibus and delivered the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years”

McConnell may not be able to brag on quite the same list two years from now, as Congress looks ahead to divided government. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who may once again become speaker, indicated her top priorities are campaign finance reform, health care, and infrastructure spending. It remains to be seen whether Republicans in the Senate will be able to reach any substantial agreements with Democrats in the House next year.

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