Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has named Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) to represent Senate Republicans at “budget talks led by Vice President Joe Biden,” POLITICO reports.
Obama had urged each caucus to name four members to the talks – but House and Senate Democrats each named two, and McConnell has entrusted the talks into the staunchly conservative Kyl, who is retiring next year.
“Sen. Kyl is a key member of our leadership team and a senior member of the Finance Committee," McConnell said in a statement. "He understands both the urgency of the debt crisis and the need for a significant effort to reduce that debt before any successful vote on the debt ceiling increase. There is bipartisan opposition in the Senate to raising the debt ceiling unless we do something significant about the debt, and I was encouraged to see the President acknowledge that in an interview Friday."