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McConnell: Dem Tax Hikes On Planes "Poll-Tested Gimmicks"

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need for serious spending reforms, not tax hikes, to solve our nation’s debt crisis:

“The American people are deeply unhappy with the way Washington operates these days. They’re tired of people telling them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear, and they’re tired of all the political games and gimmicks that substitute for real action on the problems we face as a nation.

“Given what we’ve seen from the White House and Congressional Democrats, it’s hard to blame them.

“As I’ve said repeatedly in recent weeks, we need to find a way to control runaway federal spending and debt, and we need to do it quickly. This is absolutely essential if we’re to avoid a European-style catastrophe of our own, and it’s what we need to do if we’re serious about removing government obstacles that stand in the way of a robust recovery and new jobs. Reducing the debt will throw off a wet blanket that has been weighing our economy down for too long.

“This is a serious challenge, and it demands serious spending reforms from both parties in Washington.

“Yet if you were to listen to the Democrats, you’d think all of our ills could be solved by raising taxes on private jets or energy companies. These aren’t real solutions, Mr. President. They’re poll-tested gimmicks.

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