The Washington Post

McConnell: Obama plan made me ‘burst into laughter’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Weekly Standard that he "burst into laughter" when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner outlined the administration's "fiscal cliff" proposal

According to NBC News, McConnell looked at the proposal and smiled sarcastically.

“I don’t think I've ever seen you smile," Geithner responded. That's when the Republican senator started laughing. 

He wasn't trying to be rude, McConnell explained to the Weekly Standard; it was just his natural reaction to a deal that contained $1.6 trillion in new taxes, $50 billion in new stimulus spending, and an effective end to congressional control over the debt ceiling. According to Republicans, the plan would purportedly trim the debt by about $4 trillion over the next decade.

The offer lacks any concessions to Republicans, most notably on the core issue of where to set tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, and was quickly rejected by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that it was up to Republicans to offer a counter-proposal. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Comments
Show Comments
The New Hampshire primary is today. Get caught up on the race.
What to expect in the New Hampshire primary
The Post's Philip Bump says ...
Since he proclaimed that he'd win New Hampshire last summer, Bernie Sanders has seen a swing of about 50 points in his direction. Impressive. But not as impressive as the guy on the other side of the political aisle. Donald Trump has led the Republican field in New Hampshire for almost 200 days, and has held a lead in 51 straight live-caller polls -- every poll stretching back to last July.
The feminist appeal may not be working for Clinton
In New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders is beating Clinton among women by eight percentage points, according to a new CNN-WMUR survey. This represents a big shift from the results last week in the Iowa caucuses, where Clinton won women by 11 points.
New Hampshire polling averages
Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in the next state to vote, but Marco Rubio has recently seen a jump in his support, according to polls.
New Hampshire polling averages
A victory in New Hampshire revitalized Hillary Clinton's demoralized campaign in 2008. But this time, she's trailing Bernie Sanders, from neighboring Vermont. She left the state Sunday to go to Flint, Mich., where a cost-saving decision led to poisonous levels of lead in the water of the poor, heavily black, rust-belt city. 
56% 41%
Upcoming debates
Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

Campaign 2016
State of the race

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.