McConnell: “The Tax Issue Is Finished”

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 6 2013 3:15 PM

McConnell: “The Tax Issue Is Finished”

106461466
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell insists lawmakers must discuss spending, not revenue

Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

As if it wasn’t already clear that members of Congress are headed toward yet another fiscal impasse, the Senate’s top Republican said his party won’t accept more tax increases as part of the upcoming debt and budget negotiations. “The tax issue is finished.  Over. Completed,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said on ABC. “That’s behind us. Now the question is what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and that’s our spending addiction.” (Watch the interview after the jump.) Yet Democrats made it clear that taxes have to be part of the conversation, reports Bloomberg. “Mitch McConnell is drawing that line in the sand; it’s a recipe for more gridlock,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said on Fox News.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, also agreed that Congress needs to look at changing the tax code to raise more revenue, points out the Wall Street Journal. "There are still deductions, credits, special treatments under the tax code that ought to be looked at very carefully,'' Durbin said on CNN, echoing statement that had been made by President Obama on Saturday about closing loopholes that benefit corporations and the wealthy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also argued for more revenue during an interview on CBS News, saying that what was secured in the last-minute fiscal cliff deal was “not enough.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.

Jurisprudence

Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 17 2014 8:15 AM Ted Cruz Will Not Join a Protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" After All
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
  Life
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 9:03 AM My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. And Then I Found Myself With Someone Like Dad.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 8:27 AM Only Science Fiction Can Save Us! What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 7:30 AM Ring Around the Rainbow
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.