McConnell Weighs In Before State Of The Union

Feb 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell may not be delivering tonight’s Republican response to the State of the Union Address, but he is issuing a few challenges to President Obama ahead of the speech.

Senate Minority Leader McConnell sounded a familiar note on the Senate floor today, calling on the President to present an alternative proposal to avoid the sequester, a set of automatic spending cuts set to take place March 1st.

"The tax issue is over. If the President really wants a balanced approach, now’s the time to show his hand on the spending cuts and reforms he’ll accept. That’s how compromise works," McConnell said.

Senate Democrats are hoping to unveil their alternative to the sequester Thursday.

In his speech, McConnell expressed skepticism that the president would put forward any workable jobs proposals or that he will address what McConnell called the “consequences of Obamacare”: cost increases, premium hikes, and more taxes.

Kentucky’s junior Senator Rand Paul is slated to give the Tea Party response to President Obama’s address tonight.