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Mitch McConnell: 'It's Time Congress Got Its Priorities Straight'

Photo Courtesy - The Office of Sen. Mitch McConnell(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky questioned the priorities of Democratic lawmakers when giving this week's GOP address.

McConnell focused on the hardships of many Americans still trying to find work, pointing to an unemployment rate that has "remained stubbornly close to 10 percent" over the last year, and blamed Democrats for not paying enough attention to the issue.

McConnell's main example of Democratic leaders' negligence was the stimulus, which he said was "supposed to create millions of jobs and keep unemployment from rising above eight percent."  Yet, he added, "more than three million people have lost jobs and the economy barely has a pulse."

The current Senate Republican leader said the best remedy for the nation's economic struggles is to prevent the tax increase set to happen at the end of the year.  But Democrats, he said, would rather focus on "everything except preventing this tax hike."  He then cited issues such as immigration, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and a reorganization of the FDA saying that the priorities of Democrats need to be changed, with more emphasis directed toward job creation.

"It's time Congress got its priorities straight," he said.  "It's time Congress focused on job creation -- and that means preventing tax hikes.  It's time to set aside the political votes and government spending that the administration and Democratic leaders have put above all other priorities for two years."

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