McConnell: ‘Pass the Tax Relief Portion Now’

by Robert Costa

Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, just spoke on the Senate floor. He said a fiscal-cliff deal is “very close.” But first, he’d like the Senate to vote on the tax aspect of the deal as soon as possible. “I can report we’ve reached an agreement on all of the tax issues,” he said. “Let’s pass the tax relief portion now.”

Sources say that Senate Republicans, for the most part, are ready to support such a measure. As one insider puts it, “they are ready to act on the bipartisan tax agreement.”