Pro-Trump lawmaker fires back at Corker: ‘I think the Senate is an adult day care center’

Pro-Trump lawmaker fires back at Corker: ‘I think the Senate is an adult day care center’
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Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackBottom line Overnight Health Care: Anti-abortion Democrats take heat from party | More states sue Purdue over opioid epidemic | 1 in 4 in poll say high costs led them to skip medical care Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee MORE (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday slammed the Senate as “an adult day care center” saying the upper chamber “can’t get anything done.” 

During an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” the radio host asked Black what she thought of the ongoing feud between Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) and President Trump.

“I’m not sure that those kinds of things in the media really help us to be able to get to where we need to be,” Black said.

“Look, if you talk about an adult day care center, I’m sorry but I think the Senate is an adult day care center. They can’t get anything done over there.”

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Black was referencing Corker’s retort to Trump’s weekend criticism. The senator described the White House as “an adult day care center” after Trump fired off a series of tweets criticizing Corker.

The congresswoman, who is running for governor in Tennessee and chairs the House Budget Committee, slammed the Senate’s repeated failed attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“You know, I think that is the adult day care center. But I’m not sure that all of this — throwing these words back and forth to one another — are really very helpful,” Black continued. 

“And I think the American people don’t really appreciate the way people that are supposed to be in charge of this country are acting. Those kinds of conversations can take place behind closed doors if they want to talk that way to one another.”

The House approved its budget resolution last week, and the Senate is expected to take up its own resolution when it returns from a recess next week.

But the resolutions have significant differences, the most important of which are the outlines that will be used to unlock the tax reform process. Republicans plan to use the budgetary process to push tax reform forward without requiring support from Senate Democrats.

While the Senate version carves out up to $1.5 trillion in deficit spending for the tax plan over a decade, the House bill does not allow any. Instead, it mandates some $203 billion in deficit reduction from various mandatory programs.

While the Senate’s version is favored to win out, Black is pushing for the mandatory cuts from her bill.

“Last week the @HouseGOP passed a conservative balanced budget cutting $203B in mandatory spending. RT if you think @SenateGOP should approve,” she wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Trump early Tuesday slammed Congress, alluding to an executive order on health care because Congress "can't get its act together."

Updated: 3 p.m.