Pro-Trump lawmaker fires back at Corker: ‘I think the Senate is an adult day care center’

Pro-Trump lawmaker fires back at Corker: ‘I think the Senate is an adult day care center’
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Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackRyan picks his negotiating team for tax cut bill Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him Lawmakers take to Twitter to spread the Thanksgiving cheer MORE (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday slammed the Senate as “an adult day care center” saying the upper chamber “can’t get anything done.” 

During an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” the radio host asked Black what she thought of the ongoing feud between Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' MORE (R-Tenn.) and President Trump.

“I’m not sure that those kinds of things in the media really help us to be able to get to where we need to be,” Black said.

“Look, if you talk about an adult day care center, I’m sorry but I think the Senate is an adult day care center. They can’t get anything done over there.”

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Black was referencing Corker’s retort to Trump’s weekend criticism. The senator described the White House as “an adult day care center” after Trump fired off a series of tweets criticizing Corker.

The congresswoman, who is running for governor in Tennessee and chairs the House Budget Committee, slammed the Senate’s repeated failed attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“You know, I think that is the adult day care center. But I’m not sure that all of this — throwing these words back and forth to one another — are really very helpful,” Black continued. 

“And I think the American people don’t really appreciate the way people that are supposed to be in charge of this country are acting. Those kinds of conversations can take place behind closed doors if they want to talk that way to one another.”

The House approved its budget resolution last week, and the Senate is expected to take up its own resolution when it returns from a recess next week.

But the resolutions have significant differences, the most important of which are the outlines that will be used to unlock the tax reform process. Republicans plan to use the budgetary process to push tax reform forward without requiring support from Senate Democrats.

While the Senate version carves out up to $1.5 trillion in deficit spending for the tax plan over a decade, the House bill does not allow any. Instead, it mandates some $203 billion in deficit reduction from various mandatory programs.

While the Senate’s version is favored to win out, Black is pushing for the mandatory cuts from her bill.

“Last week the @HouseGOP passed a conservative balanced budget cutting $203B in mandatory spending. RT if you think @SenateGOP should approve,” she wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Trump early Tuesday slammed Congress, alluding to an executive order on health care because Congress "can't get its act together."

Updated: 3 p.m.