“It’s so ridiculous, as I’ve said, it wouldn’t even pass the House under Nancy Pelosi. And that’s why even the most liberal members of Congress, the president’s most ardent supporters, haven’t come forward to support it,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a pointed exchange on the Senate floor with Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday.
“If the president’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it,” he added.
McConnell called for a vote on what he called President Obama’s “laughable” fiscal cliff plan. But Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly objected – another sign indicating that the president’s proposal for averting the “Fiscal Cliff” had little support among Congressional Democrats. (… Read details here.)
McConnell also said Reid’s response telgraphs how, in fact, the President & Senate Deomcrats are more interested in political theater than substantive talks, for at least this week.
The president’s plan, delivered to Capitol Hill late last week by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, called for:
- $1.6 trillion in tax hikes
- $400 billion in spending cuts & economic stimulus measures, and
- Give the president (Obamaaand future presidents) authority to raise the Debt Ceiling.
“So I’m surprised the majority leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes.” Reid, a Nevada Democrat dismissed McConnell’s request as yet another example of GOP “obstruction.”
If Republicans were really serious about solving the fiscal crisis, Reid said, they’d take up the Senate-passed bill that would extend tax cuts for all but the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.
“So the question is really this: Are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the obstruction we felt so much during this last Congress?” Reid said.
“Or are we going to continue the sort of political stunts that the Republican leader is trying to pull today, now? … The election is over. It’s time to get down to business,” responded Reid.