U.S. Senate leader says needs facts in Khashoggi case before acting

Deficit Skyrockets Because of Tax Cuts, But McConnell Says It’s ‘Not a Republican Problem’

"But at some point we will have to sit down on a bipartisan basis and address the long-term drivers of the debt".

U.S. lawmakers need to find out what happened in the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi before taking any steps against Saudi Arabia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell told Bloomberg News on Tuesday, calling U.S. -Saudi relations "not great".

"Mitch McConnell made a big mistake yesterday: he gave away his real intentions", Nelson said Wednesday.

"I think it's pretty safe to say that entitlement changes, which is the real driver of the debt by any objective standard, may well be hard if not impossible to achieve when you have unified government", McConnell said.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seized on McConnell's comments, saying, "Like clockwork, Republicans in Congress are setting in motion their plan to destroy the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that seniors and families rely on, just months after they exploded the deficit by $2 trillion with their tax scam for the rich".

McConnell was responding to a Treasury Department report that the USA federal budget deficit jumped to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018, the highest level since 2012.

Republicans spent most of the Obama administration slamming deficits, but they have mainly ignored the issue during the Trump administration to support his agenda of raising spending while cutting taxes, the Post reported.

It's true that, as the population ages, Medicare and Social Security are the main drivers of projected long-term USA debt, along with rising interest payments. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said recently that legislation enacted in fiscal 2018, including tax cuts and spending increases, would add $445 billion to next year's deficit - or 46 percent of the projected total.

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