Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, was the key negotiator in the other body of Congress. In his remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell said that “ the President wanted tax increases, but thanks to this imperfect agreement, 99 percent of my constituents won’t be hit by those hikes. So it took an imperfect solution to prevent our constituents from very real financial pain. But in my view, it was worth the effort.
“As I said, this shouldn’t be the model for how to do things around here,” he added. “But I think we can say we’ve done some good for the country. We’ve taken care of the revenue side of this debate. Now it’s time to get serious about reducing Washington’s out-of-control spending. That’s a debate the American people want. It’s the debate we’ll have next. And it’s a debate Republicans are ready for.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story