Senate Dems: GOP will deal on tax hikes after Tea Party setbacks in November

Senate Democratic leaders are predicting Tea Party losses in November will push Republicans to compromise on raising taxes after the election.
 
Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE (N.Y.) told reporters that mainstream conservative senators have told him privately they will have more freedom to cut deals after the election.
 

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“Just this morning Sen. DeMint [R-S.C.] of all people was quoted by Bloomberg saying if President Obama gains reelection he’d be willing to accept revenues as part of a deficit reduction package,” Schumer said. “When Jim DeMint is suddenly open to revenues, you know the tide is turning.
 
“We shouldn’t have to wait for an election for the two sides to come together, but for Republicans it might just do the trick,” he added.
 
Schumer said there has been a group of Republicans in the 112th Congress who want compromise but they have been drowned out by Tea Party-allied conservatives.
 
“If we keep the Senate and the president wins, and even better if we take the House, the mainstream — there are no moderates — the mainstream Republicans are going to be strengthened, they’ve told me that,” said Schumer.
 
He said 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.) and 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) will be more inclined to strike deals in December and next year after mainstream Republicans gain strength over Tea Party conservatives in the election.
 
“You’ve seen it happening, we’ve had more bipartisan agreements in the Senate as we’ve all outlined in the last three, four months because their basic strategy of obstructing and not compromising is failing,” he added. “Everything is moving in a direction of us coming together because the obstructionist Tea Party is losing out. They’re losing out in elections and they’re losing out in the caucuses.”
 
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.) predicted last week the strength of Tea Party-affiliated House conservatives would be much diminished after the election.
 
"The Tea Party candidates in Illinois never use the word ‘Tea Party’ anymore. They can’t get elected that way. They’re running as bipartisan candidates. They come back, do you think they’re going to revert to Tea Party roots?” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (Ill.). “Go ahead and test that Tea Party phrase across America. People despise it. It is just the symbol of obstruction.”