“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, offered President Obama simple advice on the economy: “Get serious.”
Mr. McConnell’s comments followed a White House news conference Monday, during which the president said the U.S. economy was “poised for a good year,” despite the failure of Congress to so far raise the debt ceiling.
“I’m willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits,” Mr. Obama said, according to an ABC News report. “[But] America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up.”
Mr. McConnell’s reaction was abrupt.
“The president and his allies need to get serious about spending, and the debt-limit debate is the perfect time for it,” he said.