McConnell sees GOP’s spending claw back plan as unlikely to pass

McConnell sees GOP’s spending claw back plan as unlikely to pass
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 6B defense bill Poll: Kim Jong Un has higher approval among Republicans than Pelosi The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday threw cold water on the idea of clawing back spending from the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill approved by Congress last month.

McConnell said he was open to a “discussion” about the idea, but noted that the omnibus was a bipartisan deal and appeared skeptical a rescission package would go anywhere.

“I’m willing to discuss with the administration the possibility of some kind of rescission package. I think it’s worth a discussion. Whether that’s achievable is another matter,” he told reporters.

He added while the omnibus “was larger than most Republicans would like … it was a bipartisan agreement.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' MORE (R-Calif.) and President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE have discussed using the Budget Act of 1974 to rescind spending from the omnibus. Using the law would prevent a filibuster against the package.

But a number of Republicans have raised reservations about the proposal, and there are doubts the GOP could win 50 votes in the Senate.

Several GOP senators have signaled they are not on board, in part because it would likely poison any future negotiations with Democrats. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Romney backs Laura Bush on border: 'We need a more compassionate answer' Amnesty International rips family separation policy: 'This is nothing short of torture' MORE (R-Maine) told reporters it would be “ill-advised,” while Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' GOP senator calls on Trump to end 'cruel' family separation policy MORE (R-Alaska) told The Washington Post that “just off the top, my initial response is no.”

Republicans have floated trying to claw back some of the omnibus amid backlash from their conservative base over the mammoth funding bill, which Trump initially threatened to veto.

Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDems must stop picking foxes to guard the financial hen house Schumer warns 'House moderates' against immigration compromise bill Trump knocks Schumer, touts North Korea summit in early morning tweet MORE (D-N.Y.) predicted Republicans would have a hard time getting support on their side of the aisle, adding: “We’ve made an agreement. I hope they won’t go back on it.”

House Republicans are also expected to vote on a balanced budget amendment this week. McConnell left the door open to giving the measure a vote, noting most Republicans support it.

“That’s the kind of vote we’re likely to see at some point,” he told reporters.

But the constitutional amendment has virtually no chance of being enacted.

Schumer knocked Republicans for floating the idea after passing last year’s tax bill, saying they need to “walk the walk and not just talk the talk.”

“That means one of two things: A, they’re not serious,” he said, “or B, they want to cut Medicare and Social Security.”