McConnell: Tax hikes 'politically impossible'

Hours before a meeting with President Obama at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMaher goes after Manchin: 'Most powerful Republican in the Senate' Supreme Court confounding its partisan critics Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ky.) said that any debt-ceiling deals that included tax hikes would be "politically impossible" in the current Congress because most Republicans and many Democrats oppose them.


“Those who are calling for tax hikes as a part of these debt discussions either have amnesia about the fate of similar votes just six months ago — when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress as well as the White House — or they’re acting in bad faith, since we all know that including massive, job-killing tax hikes would be a poison pill,” said McConnell on Monday from the Senate floor.

McConnell said he plans to ask the president for ideas on how to solve the debt crisis that do not include tax increases. "I intend to ask the president what he’s prepared to do, outside of raising taxes, about the massive deficits and debt that have accumulated on his watch", said McConnell.

McConnell is slated to meet with Obama in the Oval Office at 5 p.m. on Monday.