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.”


“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.