McConnell: Republican Agenda ‘Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens during a news conference after the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's controversial education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. DeVos was approved by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that congressional Republicans’ agenda “is exactly the same as the Trump agenda.”

McConnell, addressing reporters alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) outside of the White House on Monday afternoon, made reference to Trump’s planned address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

“I think for virtually all Republicans, the chance to actually do things we felt would move the country in the right direction and have the President sign them into law is a pretty exciting prospect, so we’re looking forward to a positive, upbeat presentation tomorrow night,” McConnell said, “and then proceeding with our agenda, which is exactly the same as the Trump agenda.”

That is a bold commitment, given that parts of Trump’s professed agenda that run against Republican orthodoxy.

Trump promised on Monday, for example, that “we’re going to start spending on infrastructure big,” an idea Republicans have vehemently resisted in the past.

And during an address at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Trump swerved from GOP talking points when he said that Obamacare would be replaced because it covers “very few people.”

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