WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell federal spending and the country's debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months, and that debate about potential gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting will take a back seat.
The Kentucky lawmaker tells ABC's "This Week" that lawmakers will wait to see what an Obama administration review led by Vice President Joe Biden might propose. McConnell says Congress will need to study any recommendations and then see what's appropriate to do.
But he says that over the coming months, nothing much beyond the country's finances will occupy the attention of Congress.
The Washington Post is reporting the White House is working on a far-reaching gun control initiative. The paper reports a panel led by Vice President Joe Biden may go beyond just reinstating the expired ban on assault weapons.
They're also considering a database to track the movement and sale of fire arms, stronger mental health checks and stiffer penalties for having guns near schools or giving them to minors.
The recommendations will be submitted to President Obama later this month.