Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump’s team identifies top projects for infrastructure plan: report GOP pans Democrats’ T infrastructure package Trump huddles with Senate leaders ahead of Supreme Court battle MORE (R-Ky.) has drawn a line in the sand on raising taxes, defying Democratic predictions that GOP leaders will compromise on tax hikes.
“This election was a disappointment, without doubt, but let’s be clear about something: The House is still run by Republicans, and Republicans still maintain a robust minority in the Senate,” he added in the statement, released late Thursday. “I know some people out there think Tuesday’s results mean Republicans in Washington are now going to roll over and agree to Democrat demands that we hike tax rates before the end of the year. I’m here to tell them there is no truth to that notion whatsoever.”
Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerLive coverage: Trump budget chief faces two Senate panels McConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges Democrats and the boycott of Trump's inauguration MORE (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist, told reporters Thursday that he thought McConnell and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists expect boom times under Trump Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions MORE (R-Ohio) would agree to raise taxes as part of a deficit-reduction deal.
“He’s very good at reading the political winds, and I think he will in this case,” Schumer said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
McConnell may have the toughest reelection of any Republican senator facing voters in 2014. Some political analysts think he could get a Tea Party challenge in the GOP primary.
In September, McConnell hired Jesse Benton — who ran Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump's CIA chief clears Senate Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump Dems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts MORE’s (R-Ky.) 2010 race — to helm his 2014 campaign. Benton has strong relations with conservative activists around the state.