The Washington Times - May 15, 2011, 10:11AM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday the impasse over federal spending between the two major political parties is an “opportunity,” not a crisis.

“Some of the biggest accomplishments of the past 25 years have been when we have divided government,” Mr. McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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“Rather than thinking of this as a crisis, I think of it as an opportunity,” he said.

Mr. McConnell said tax increases would not be a part of the ongoing negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House over the impending vote to raise the country’s $14.3 trillion deficit ceiling.

“There’s clearly not going to be any tax increases. The president knows that. That was settled last fall,” he said.