McConnell: 'We look a lot like Greece already'

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (Ky.) said Wednesday that the financial state of the U.S. is similar to bankrupt Greece.

Making the case for major spending reductions a day before congressional leaders will meet with President Obama, McConnell said, "We look a lot like Greece already."

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During their weekly press breifing, other Senate Republican leaders lashed out at Obama, questioning his leadership on the debt-ceiling talks.

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoMajor GOP donor Friess to enter Wyoming governor race EPA to conduct 'full review' of information requests for Pruitt records Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE (R-Wyo.) said, "We need a serious discussion and we're not getting it yet."

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) pushed back at Democrats' criticism of the GOP's insistence of no tax increases. He said the party's position is not one of "ideological fervor," but instead an effort to foster more jobs.

Pressed on House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRace for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies MORE's (R-Va.) willingness to look at closing tax loopholes, McConnell noted his support for comprehensive tax reform.

In a nuanced break from Cantor, McConnell said any effort to "cherry pick" tax loopholes as part of the debt-ceiling talks would be "pretty challenging."

McConnell stressed that he and other Republican leaders in the Senate want a long-term deal on the debt ceiling. That remark came days after McConnell and his lieutenants signaled they were open to a short-term agreement.

Obama on Tuesday strongly endorsed a long-term deal.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism MORE (D-Nev.), who usually addresses the media before Senate Republican leaders every week when the upper chamber is in session, did not hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon.