McConnell: Oil tax break repeals off the table in deficit talks with Biden

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Trump Administration has definitely not drained the swamp How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? THE MEMO: Trump's wild first month MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Republicans won’t discuss nixing tax breaks for major oil companies as part of fiscal reform talks with Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop union offers backing for Ellison in DNC race John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues Ellison needles Perez for 'unverifiable' claim of DNC support MORE

“That's not the kind of thing we're going to be dealing with here in connection with the serious talks that are going on with the Vice President's group,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Biden and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers are in talks aimed at striking a deal on deficit reduction. The discussions come ahead of a looming deadline this summer for an agreement between the Obama administration and Congress to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

McConnell’s comments come as Democrats are pressing to repeal of billions of dollars worth of industry tax breaks and apply the savings to deficit reduction.

Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezSteve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now runs your US Treasury Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Senators to Trump: We support additional Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.J.), who is the lead sponsor of the bill to repeal industry tax breaks, said last week that Democrats would seek to tether the bill to debt ceiling legislation or a budget package if it doesn’t pass as a stand-alone measure.

“I'm convinced we're going to do this, because whether this is done through my legislation or whether this is done as part of any debt-ceiling vote, which we’ll insist on, or whether it’s done as part of any budget vote, we are going to eliminate these subsidies,” Menendez said on MSNBC Thursday.

Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump defends Flynn, blasts leaks | Yahoo fears further breach Overnight Finance: Trump's Labor pick withdraws | Ryan tries to save tax plan | Trump pushes tax reform with retailers Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-N.Y.) also said last week that the oil tax break repeal will be part of Democrats’ broader deficit reduction efforts if it doesn’t pass on its own.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-Nev.) is planning a test vote on the oil tax plan this week, but it is unlikely to garner the 60 votes needed to advance. The plan would block an estimated $21 billion worth of incentives over a decade for Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips.

McConnell slammed the Democrats’ plan Sunday, alleging on CNN that it will “raise the price of gas at the pump, send jobs overseas and make us get even more oil from Hugo Chavez.”