Walsh — Mitch McConnell’s Mission to Keep the GOP Majority

January 11, 2016

While there is a laundry list of other bills the Senate could take up this year — including a massive international trade deal and sweeping criminal justice reform — McConnell might be reluctant to negotiate anything major with a lame duck Democratic president and hold out to see if a Republican can win back the White House.

“I think no matter which party controls the White House, during a presidential year everything is overtaken by that election,” said Brian Walsh, a former top official at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to elect GOP Senate candidates. “I think both parties are in a wait-and-see mode in terms of who is going to control the White House in the following year. I think it’s only prudent to hold off on big issues like this and see where things are in 12 months.”

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