How McConnell Became So Powerful

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is looking at whether he wants to make a deal with Democrats for a year-end spending package before the Congress expires and Republicans take over the House. McConnell has faced a lot of criticism from former President Trump, but despite all of this he managed to maintain his position in the Senate GOP leadership, after a battle against National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (Fla.).

McConnell has also noted to some of his colleagues that he would be in favor of an omnibus spending package being passed before the year ends.

Senate Republican sources have also been noting that McConnell is set to meet with GOP senators at a lunch meeting to discuss the possibility of agreeing to an omnibus spending package. As part of the package, McConnell would probably expect to have billions of dollars sent as both military and economic aid to Ukraine.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) has said that the GOP conference will need to have discussions about strategy as currently there is a split with some GOP members favoring the idea of a deal while others wanting to freeze spending until Republicans take over the House in the next Congress starting in January.