GOP senator slams Pelosi as 'almost unhinged' on taxes

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWhy grizzly bear hunting season isn’t happening Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms MORE (R-Wyo.) suggested in an interview broadcast Sunday that House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi meets with Parkland students and parents, says gun control would be atop Dems’ agenda The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE (D-Calif.) had become "unhinged" in her opposition to the Republican tax-reform bill.

"Nancy Pelosi has said the [the tax bill] is the end of the world and this is Armageddon," Barrasso told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.

"The statements are almost unhinged. People like Nancy Pelosi run for office so they can basically try to grow the government." 

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Barrasso, who has argued that major tax cuts will spur economic growth and create jobs, said that the legislative conference for Republicans to work out differences between the House and Senate-passed versions of the tax bill is "pretty darn close" to approving final legislation. 

The GOP senator's criticism of Pelosi came after the longtime Democratic leader said this week that the tax overhaul was unequivocally the worst legislation that has ever been considered by Congress. 

"For her it may sound like Armageddon, but for me it sounds like freedom," Barrasso said. "Government can either create opportunity or crush opportunity."