Monday on NewsmaxTV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said it is “nonsense” that he and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), as the leadership of the GOP, get blamed by many for causing the “rise” in popularity of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
McConnell said, “My answer is that is nonsense. What you have to do in Congress is do the best you can with the government you have. And the government we have right now is divided. We have a president who has a whole different approach to life than we do. So there is not a whole lot we can agree on, but we do have to do basic work. So we are trying to focus on things, while they may not make big headlines, need doing. Like rewriting No Child Left Behind, which is very very popular with conservatives. We got Obama to sign it. Like passing a six year or a five year highway bill that had not been done in twenty years — or cyber security, or comprehensive energy, or opioid and heroin addiction. Things that are important that we could get some agreement on and get a presidential signature. At the same time we have big differences. You know we would love to repeal Obamacare. We put it on the president’s desk and of course he vetoed it. So I would say to conservative critics, you want to change America you have to have a president who will sign the bills to change America. Not one who will veto them.”
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