Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellStudy: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again 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 SchumerSchumer: NYC should refuse to pay for Trump’s security Reagan's 'voodoo economics' are precisely what America needs When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in MORE (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist, told reporters Thursday that he thought McConnell and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection 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 PaulRand Paul to teach a course on dystopias in George Washington University Destructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton MORE’s (R-Ky.) 2010 race — to helm his 2014 campaign. Benton has strong relations with conservative activists around the state.