Jackson Lee was apparently referring to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.), who said there is "little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable."

"Our hopes for a grand bargain eventually ran into the bitter reality that this administration is just not interested in a meaningful and lasting solution to our mounting debt," he said. 

McConnell followed these remarks with a proposal to give President Obama the authority to make his own requests to raise the debt limit. McConnell indicated that this plan is under consideration because Republicans want no part of the decision to increase the debt limit.