Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that to solve the separation of immigrant children from their parents — an issue that has polarized the immigration debate in Washington — the legislative "fix" would have to be a narrow proposal rather than a broader immigration package.

"We're going to fix the problem. ... In order to fix this problem, you can’t fix all of the problems. ... Therefore it would need to be a narrow fix."
— McConnell at a press conference

Why it matters: While both Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to propose solutions, McConnell's suggestions conflicts with what the White House is seeking. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday said it wouldn't consider a bill that doesn't include broader immigration reforms.

Yes, but: He added, "The first thing is to see if we can agree."

McConnell also said every member of his caucus supports legislation to keep undocumented immigrant families together as they are processed by federal authorities, and called for bipartisanship.

  • Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump could overturn the existing policy he implemented in recent months by the "flick of his pen" — referring to an executive order.
"There's no need for legislation. You started it. You can stop it."
— Schumer at a press conference.

Go deeper: What happens when families cross the border; It's Congress vs. Trump on family separation

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Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

The next cliff for the unemployed

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A program supporting Americans who are typically ineligible for unemployment benefits will expire at the end of the year, with millions still relying on it as the labor market sputters.

Why it matters: The result could be catastrophic for the economic recovery that Wall Street fears is already fragile.

The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

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