Will the congressional Republican leaders—House Speaker John Boehner and current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—work with out-going Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to fully fund Obamacare in a lame-duck session of Congress before the newly elected Republican majorities in both houses can be seated?
If you listen to what House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was saying leading up to Tuesday’s elections that is what they will do.
“My belief is you have one chance to make a first impression,” McCarthy told Politico in an interview published on Oct. 26.
“From the very first day after the election, we should be laying out to the American public what the expectations are. Why make two different agendas?” McCarthy said.
Politico then made this observation: “McCarthy is intently focused on the first few months in session, which he sees as critical for his agenda. He would like to use the lame-duck session to pass a long-term government-funding bill, so Washington can begin focusing on big-picture legislating, instead of just trying to keep government’s doors open.”