Mitch McConnell’s Return Comes Amid Major Obstacles for GOP

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( – On April 17, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) headed back to the Senate after spending over a month recovering from a head injury. As reported by The Hill, being back in the Capitol means that he is going to have to deal with a number of problems including the debt limit, the 2024 GOP presidential primary, and the division about how to handle abortions.

McConnell has been one of the biggest GOP steady forces in Washington for over a decade. During his first speech on the Senate floor, he stated that it was “good to be back.” He then proceeded to make a joke about how “this wasn’t the first time that being hardheaded” has helped him. This was a reference to his recent accident which led to him suffering from a minor concussion.

McConnell now has to face a major challenge in determining how to break the stalemate between the White House and House Republicans on the handling of the debt ceiling which is set to expire in the summer, possibly as early as June. McConnell has in the past been a key player in stopping the the US from defaulting both in 2011 and in 2021. Lawmakers are hoping he will be able to do something similar when handling the stalemate between President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Up until now, McConnell has not taken part in any of the discussions regarding the debt limit, but with Biden refusing to talk with McCarthy, McConnell might end up playing an important role in the negotiations.

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