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McConnell to Obama: Visit the Capitol

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants President Obama to visit the Capitol to meet with Senate Republicans about raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

After a tongue lashing by the president at a news conference Wednesday, during which Obama said that Republicans are not working hard enough to get a deal to hike the $14.3 trillion debt limit, McConnell said Obama should visit Republicans on their own turf to discuss the next steps for a deal.

“Let me do something that I think would be constructive,” McConnell said. “I’d like to invite the president to come to the Capitol today to join Republicans for lunch, or at any time this afternoon that he can make it. That way he can hear directly from Republicans why what he’s proposing won’t pass. And we can start talking about what’s actually possible.”

McConnell met earlier this week with Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House. He said Obama’s comments proved that he has not yet accepted the Republican will not to raise taxes as part of a deal to reduce the debt and increase the nation’s legal borrowing limit.

Obama said Wednesday that any deal must include an agreement to close tax loopholes and end subsidies that benefit the wealthy.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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