Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Mueller report is a deterrent to government service Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blasted Democrats for putting good intentions ahead of getting “a good outcome.”

“We’ve tried the left’s wish-upon-a-star approach already, and real people have been hurt,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Now let’s try some things that will actually work.”


McConnell listed ObamaCare and energy policies as examples of Democrats’ “dangerous assumptions.”

“Too often in Washington, our friends on the left seem to operate under a very dangerous assumption — that good intentions are more important than a good outcome,” McConnell said. “It’s dangerous because we see all the time how liberal Washington policies that aim to alleviate problems like poverty or wage stagnation or other social or economic problems just seem to make things worse.”

McConnell said ObamaCare has put unnecessary burdens on workers and employers, and the administration’s “war on coal” has harmed his constituents. He said Democrats think throwing money at failed programs is the answer, rather than making the government programs work.

McConnell also criticized Democrats for staging a more than 14-hour long talkathon on climate change, but failing to hold a vote on actual legislation.

“I still don’t get the point of the stunt. They didn’t bring up any legislation,” McConnell said. “Where’s the bill?”