McConnell suggests spending claw back is unachievable
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Senate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes 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 of 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.

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

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill MORE (R-Calif.) and President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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 CollinsSenate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot MORE (R-Maine) told reporters it would be “ill-advised,” while Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Pence defends Trump's 'obligation' to nominate new Supreme Court justice 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 SchumerChuck SchumerSenate Democrats introduce legislation to probe politicization of pandemic response Schumer interrupted during live briefing by heckler: 'Stop lying to the people' Jacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee 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.”