Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade

Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade
© Greg Nash

A California lawmaker took a red pen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE’s (R-Ky.) Wall Street Journal op-ed on the GOP tax bill, giving it a failing grade.

Rep. Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoHouse panel advances major VA reform bill Spending bill prevents employers from pocketing tips under tip-pooling rule Veterans Health Administration needs stronger recruitment methods MORE (D), a former public high school English teacher for two decades, critiqued McConnell’s piece in a post on his Facebook page.

“I thought we agreed you can’t keep doing this last minute,” Takano wrote at the top of the page next to a circled “F” grade.

Throughout the three-page piece, Takano crossed out sections, underlined phrases and left notes in the margins slamming the substance of the op-ed.

Where McConnell referred to the Senate GOP tax plan as a “good bill,” Takano wrote, “Only 25 percent of Americans agree. What you turned in was a draft at best with notes scribbled in the margins.”

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Takano ripped McConnell for citing the National Federation of Independent Businesses, writing, “NFIB is Koch-funded. Is there a less biased and partisan source you could cite?”

At the bottom of the last page, Takano recommended that McConnell also visit his “math teacher.”

“When we are done discussing your writing, please see your math teacher,” he wrote. “I fear you are at risk of failing both subjects!”

Takano has used his red pen to critique other past works from GOP lawmakers, such as an op-ed by Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioScottish beer company offering ‘tiny cans’ for Trump’s ‘tiny hands’ The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war MORE (R-Fla.) about net neutrality.

The Senate GOP passed its version of the tax plan on Friday after a series of last-minute additions. Democrats slammed the GOP over some of the additions, which were scribbled in the margins of the bill, arguing that they did not have time to read the full legislation.

Lawmakers hope to send a final version of the bill to President Trump by the end of the month.