Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted the Democrats’ idea of rolling back the 2017 tax cuts bill to pay for the costs of the $2 trillion infrastructure improvement deal as a “non-starter” on Wednesday.
When asked about the proposal while speaking to reporters, McConnell — who has served as the top Senate Republican since 2007 — said that the idea to repeal the 2017 tax cuts to pay for the costs associated with the proposed infrastructure bill would “step on growth” and hurt the “robust economy” created by the legislation.
“That’s a non-starter,” proclaimed the Senate majority leader.
McConnell continued on to say:
“This tax bill is what’s generated this robust economy, and the last thing we want to do is step on all of this growth by stepping back and repealing, in effect, what has generated all of this prosperity and low unemployment.”
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Question: "One of the ideas Sen. Schumer has pitched is to reopen the 2017 tax law to help finance that $2 trillion proposal. Is that a non-starter for Senate Republicans?"
— The Hill (@thehill) May 1, 2019
McConnell’s comments came a day after Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced they had reached a deal with President Donald Trump for the $2 trillion infrastructure bill.
Schumer said in the White House driveway on Tuesday that “there was goodwill” between the two sides on the legislation and called the meeting a “very good start.”
“That was different than some of the other meetings that we’ve had. This was a very, very good start.… We hope it will go to a constructive conclusion.”
Pelosi announced that the agreement would be “big and bold” at the same time.
Additionally, Schumer and Pelosi had said that they and the Trump administration had not settled on a way to pay for the plan and that they would be meeting again in the coming months to discuss funding ideas further with the president.
The majority leader’s torching of the Democrats’ idea reflects his promise to become the “Grim Reaper” of progressive policies in the Senate, as IJR Red previously reported.