McConnell has said he sees openings for bipartisanship on various trade deals, nuclear power, funding “clean coal” technology, on taxes and spending, and on reauthorizing Bush’s signature No Child Left Behind Act on education. Obama has indicated a willingness to compromise during the lame duck on extending Bush-era tax cuts, which McConnell has praised, and Democrats said they hope Republicans will work with them to create construction jobs during the reauthorization of the highway bill next year.
But no future private meetings between the two have been scheduled. However, McConnell is expected to attend the bicameral, bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House sometime next week.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.