Mitch McConnell seemed to be invigorated by victory with President Trump’s tax bill passage, taking on the anti-American press corps, pointing out their leftist, negative bias in
With Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) involved in some heavy-duty cleanup work behind him, Senator Mitch McConnell takes reporters’ questions after the passage of the Tax Bill.
McConnell said, “Chairman Murkowski, all the people you see behind us, have all worked together as a team. And as you notice, at the end, there was not a single Democrat who thought this was a good idea.”
He says, “And so we’re going to take this message to the American people also a year from now. A libtard reporter asks, “The legislative victory obviously important, but you’ve gotten a lot of criticism for the process, the fact that the substitute amendment wasn’t out until 8:30pm, the fact that things were written in the margins, is this how you envisioned passing such a large legislative accomplishment?”
McConnell replies, “This was done through the regular order, the Democrats had plenty of notice, Chairman Hatch can attest to all of the multiple hearings, markups, open amendment process, everybody had plenty of opportunity to see the measure.”
He summed up that argument by saying, “You complain about process when you’re losing and that’s what you heard on the floor tonight.”
Another reporter asks, “What do you say to Senator Schumer who says that you guys are going to ‘rue the day’ that you passed this bill, that the politics of passing long-term corporate tax cuts but short term individual cuts is going to catch up to you guys?”
McConnell is uncharacteristically assertive and rather Trump-like in identifying the fake news bias in his response, telling the reporter, “Your job is to use the Democratic talking points, I understand that.”
He then goes on to say, “Look, we believe that this product will do two extremely important things for the country. Number one, provide middle class tax relief and number two, provide business changes that make us more competitive. With regard to the termination dates, let me tell you what terminates this tax cut.”
McConnell continues, “The Democrats taking the Congress next November would turn this into a very short tax bill. So I think focusing on dates that may expire because of a need to fit the reconciliation rules miss the point. Every single Democrat voted [against] this. They’re all committed to repealing it and raising the taxes on the American people.”
He added, “That’s what’s at stake in the fall of 2018.”
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