Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have in the past couple of years not cooperated as closely. This has led to many questions on whether the two can come together to secure the House for the Republicans.
Many Republicans have maintained that the two men continue to have a good relationship even though they have had different responsibilities and tasks over the past two years. In the past year, the differences in their relationship with Former President Trump have also led to many questions about the standing of the two men.
McConnell has recently compromised on several Democrat-led bills that he believed would help the country progress. This has led to him facing criticism from Trump.
McCarthy on the other hand has opposed every bill proposed by the Democrats. This in part is because in the House he does not have to worry about a shutdown, or having the country default on the federal debt.
However, if the Republicans win over the House McCarthy’s position will fundamentally change as he will be the Speaker.
Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution has said that a large part of why there is tension between the two men stems from the different views they have on Trump and the GOP’s future.
In December McConnell was part of a partisan compromise that would allow the debt limit to be increased through a Senate majority vote. McCarthy however, has made it hard for the limits to be increased.
In 2011 the United States was close to defaulting on its debts due to the GOP House majority while a Democrat was in the White House. At the time the country’s credit rating also dropped.