The normally on-message Senate Republican Leadership press conference saw some unusual intramural commentary Tuesday, with the Senate Minority Leader throwing cold water on an initiative of Sen. Rick Scott.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader, was asked about Scott’s 11-point plan to “rescue America” and its controversial provisions. McConnell did not hold back in divorcing the caucus from Scott’s agenda and said he expected to continue in leadership.
“Sen. Scott is behind me, and he can address the issue of his particular measure,” McConnell said.
“If we’re fortunate enough to have the majority next year, I’ll be the Majority Leader,” McConnell added. “I’ll decide in consultation with my members what to put on the floor.”
“Now let me tell you what will not be part of our agenda,” McConnell continued. “We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people, and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years. That will not be part of a Republican Senate majority agenda.”
McConnell was referring to a provision in the Scott Rescue America plan that stipulated that everyone have “skin in the game,” no matter how poor they are.
“All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount,” the plan states. “Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.”
The sunset language, meanwhile, referred to this language spotlighted by New York Magazine: “All federal legislation sunsets in 5 years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.”
Scott has spent over a million dollars on a national ad buy, seemingly strategically timed as he leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee amid rumors that former President Donald Trump wants Scott to supplant “Old Crow” McConnell as caucus leader.
For now, McConnell clearly is maintaining his perch atop the GOP Senate.
We reached out to Scott for comment.
If we get a comment, we will update. But for now, Scott’s tweet spotlighting the plan, which came after the press conference with McConnell, will have to stand.
My Rescue America plan starts with a few simple ideas. Every child in every school should:
1. Say the Pledge of Allegiance
2. Stand for the National Anthem
3. Learn that America is the GREATEST countryhttps://t.co/CwdJI67Y0H pic.twitter.com/ROxbDmrn1F
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) March 1, 2022
March 1, 2022 at 3:26 pm
I hope President Biden gets to serve a second term. Trump should go back to bankrupting hotels in Atlantic City and stay out of politics forever.
March 4, 2022 at 9:38 am
…and Biden is doing a bang up job bankrupting America…as well as creating the mountain of other disasters in the entire world. He’s a complete moron and I am dreaming of the day the liberals get their %#@ handed to them and their woke following. It’s coming!
March 1, 2022 at 6:44 pm
Scott’s plan has a certain coherence and an sure relevancy. It pushes back against the belief long-cherished by Democrats that life should be free of charge (and therefore free of effort) for those people termed “disadvantaged.” It also does away with the complacency of the privileged by forcing our establishment policymakers to confront such truisms as “the social safety net” twice a decade. McConnell wants to avoid risking his soon-to-be majority. Well, Sen. Scott’s ideas will work their way into the mainstream one way or another over the next decade, no doubt.
March 1, 2022 at 10:12 pm
I pledge allegiance to …one nation under God…
Rick Scott’s only God is money! Let’s take a close look at how he got rich and elected and how his wife got rich.
March 2, 2022 at 9:45 am
Mitch McConnell does not have the vision, moral courage or possess the fight inside him to lead a Republican Senate Majority. His time is past. He has been there too long he should not be re-elected to lead the Senate with his milquetoast D light agenda.
We need the
-XL pipeline restored to be energy independent
-Secure the border and deport all illegals from drug cartels members to human trafficking that Biden is flying in and secretly dumping al over the US in violation of state and federal law.
-Investigate Fauci and the taxpayer monies which he funded through the Eco Health Alliance in NY to the Wuhan Communist lab for a gain of function Chinese biowarfare virus and prosecute those accountable for hundreds of thousands of deaths
-Increase the budget for police forces to reduce the skyrocketing crime rate
We need a fearless pro Constitutional leader in the White House like DeSantis, Youngkin, Abbott, or Tom Cotton. Rick Scott is right to address many of these issues in his plan to rescue America.
Ruth D Winter
March 2, 2022 at 3:11 pm
Yah, you got all that right….NOT!!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣
March 4, 2022 at 12:53 pm
We definitely need to be energy efficient. If Biden had any brains we could be selling oil to Europe to pay for our bridges and roads. Also making the change to solar and wind. Harris is making everything worse. She shouldn’t be allowed to own a driver’s license. Thanks Biden administration for starting ww3
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