December 14, 2015

Senate GOP steels itself for fight over Paris agreement

While President Obama and his team of negotiators celebrate the Paris Agreement, top Republican senators are steeling themselves for a fight over the deal.

Senior White House officials said Saturday the deal doesn't need to go to the Senate to be voted on, but it doesn't appear that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will allow the deal to get through his Republican-led Senate.

McConnell, in a statement issued Saturday, said Obama took a step too far with the Paris deal.

"The President is making promises he can't keep, writing checks he can't cash, and stepping over the middle class to take credit for an 'agreement' that is subject to being shredded in 13 months," McConnell said. "His commitments to help leaders abroad are based on proposals at home that would hurt jobs and raise utility rates for American families."

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