McConnell pushes entitlement wish list

November 30, 2012

While House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tells reporters that "fiscal cliff" negotiations are at a "stalemate," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tells the Wall Street Journal what he wants for Christmas

In an interview, Mr. McConnell said if the White House agrees to changes such as higher Medicare premiums for the wealthy, an increase in the Medicare eligibility age and a slowing of cost-of-living increases for programs like Social Security, Republicans would agree to include more tax revenue in the deal, though not from higher tax rates.

House Minority Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) immediately responded that McConnell's statements reiterated his long-held position.

"Nothing new in that statement from Mitch McConnell," she said.

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