Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his message to Republicans skeptical of the legislation introduced by House leadership to repeal and replace Obamacare is that “we need to deliver” because “we’re in the outcome business now.”
Unlike his party’s efforts under the administration of former President Barack Obama, McConnell (R-Ky.) said GOP lawmakers are now in a position to make good on the promises they’ve made to voters for the past eight years. More than half of the GOP members currently serving in both the House and Senate have never done so with a Republican in the White House, and that shift on Pennsylvania Avenue requires a change in tactics on Capitol Hill as well.
“When you have a president of a different party, you can freelance all you want to. You know, go have press conferences” and present “a 10-point plan to do this or that,” McConnell said at a POLITICO Playbook event Thursday morning. “But now we have an actual chance to change the country. We have somebody who will sign legislation that we pass. We need to get into a governing mode and start thinking about actually achieving something rather than just kind of sparring