McConnell pans Reid’s $2.7 trillion plan

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (Ky.) on Tuesday dismissed a Democratic plan to cut $2.7 trillion from the deficit and raise the national debt limit.

McConnell said a plan introduced Monday by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) would not solve the partisan impasse that could lead to a national default next month.

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“The majority leader proposed a plan that’s nothing more than another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people,” McConnell said.

McConnell warned that negotiations over the next three days could determine whether Congress raises the debt limit by Aug. 2, a deadline set by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to avert a default.

“The decision we make in the next 72 hours will have a real impact on every American,” McConnell said. “These decisions should be based on how they will affect the people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician’s chances of getting elected.”

McConnell and other Republican leaders have criticized Reid’s plan for counting $1 trillion in direct savings and $180 billion in interest savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They say those savings would happen anyway because President Obama already has announced his intention to draw down troop levels.

Democrats have countered that House Republicans included these war savings in the budget plan they passed earlier this year.

Reid defended his plan on the Senate floor.

He argued that all the cuts in his proposal have previously been endorsed by Republicans and would cut more than a competing plan sponsored by House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio).

“Every single spending cut in the proposal has already been endorsed by Republicans,” Reid said. “The cuts have already been voted for by Republicans in both houses of Congress. In short, it’s everything the Republicans have demanded wrapped up in a bow and delivered to their door.”

Watch McConnell below.