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Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) December 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says 2018 should be a year of bipartisanship, even if that means giving up GOP goals of cutting social services to the poor and elderly or repealing the Affordable Care Act. That sentiment is not shared by all of his colleagues, including Wisconsin Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who vowed to gut both programs.

On Thursday, McConnell broke ranks with House leadership on the GOP aim to cut programs that serve America's poor and elderly, like Medicaid and food stamps. McConnell said he is "not interested" in using Senate budget rules, which require a simple majority, to allow Republicans to cut social programs without consulting Democrats.

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