U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans have to be realistic about what control over the House will mean for legislation.
Voters gave Republicans a strong majority in the House, but Democrats and independents who caucus with the Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate, and President Obama is still president.
“Which raises a practical question: what can Americans expect from Republicans now?” McConnell, R-Ky., said today in Washington at an event organized by the Heritage Foundation, Washington, according to a written version of McConnell’s remarks.
Supporters of a bill need only a majority to get it through the House. In the Senate, supporters of a bill usually need 60 votes to get a bill to the floor, and they need 67 votes to overturn a presidential veto.
“It would be foolish to expect that Republicans will be able to completely reverse the damage Democrats have done as long as a Democrat holds the veto pen,” McConnell said. “We have to be realistic about what we can and cannot achieve, while at the same recognizing that realism should never be confused with capitulation.”
Congress can – and should – vote repeatedly on straight repeal of the Democratic health
system change legislation, McConnell said.