Senator Mitch McConnell visited Brownsville, Franklin and the Bowling Green Rotary Club's luncheon. He spoke about next week's vote to cut the federal budget, saying President Obama has not cut the federal budget enough yet. And he says there's no way to make the necessary cuts without curtailing some of the programs people like.
"At the meeting I was just at today," McConnell said, "several people came up and said, 'Oh please don't cut me.' And I understand all that, but we can't get this job done without impacting a whole lot of things that we all like. And if we don't get the job done, we're not gonna have the same kind of country for our children and grandchildren that our parents left behind for us."
McConnell says we need to get back to 2008 spending levels.
He is also leading the move to repeal President Obama's health care reform law.
"This is not doing any of the things that the President said it would do," McConnell said. It's not holding down the cost of premiums, it's not holding down the cost of health care, and it's not providing the opportunity for you to keep the health care you have if you like it. None of those things are happening."
And he thinks Congress could override President Obama if he were to veto a repeal of the health care reform law.
"So you have bubbling up in the country massive opposition," said McConnell, "and it doesn't take full effect until four years from now, so I think the effort to repeal is gonna grow and expand and be very difficult for the majority to oppose, at least repeal parts of it."
McConnell says there are 23 democrats in the senate from the red or republican states who are up for re-election in 2012. He believes some of them would join senate republicans in repealing the health care reform law after seeing how many democrat incumbents lost their seats last November.