McConnell pans Reid’s $2.7 trillion plan

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill MORE (Ky.) on Tuesday dismissed a Democratic plan to cut $2.7 trillion from the deficit and raise the national debt limit.

McConnell said a plan introduced Monday by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Doctors are dying by suicide every day and we are not talking about it Impeachment trial throws curveball into 2020 race MORE (D-Nev.) would not solve the partisan impasse that could lead to a national default next month.


“The majority leader proposed a plan that’s nothing more than another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people,” McConnell said.

McConnell warned that negotiations over the next three days could determine whether Congress raises the debt limit by Aug. 2, a deadline set by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to avert a default.

“The decision we make in the next 72 hours will have a real impact on every American,” McConnell said. “These decisions should be based on how they will affect the people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician’s chances of getting elected.”

McConnell and other Republican leaders have criticized Reid’s plan for counting $1 trillion in direct savings and $180 billion in interest savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They say those savings would happen anyway because President Obama already has announced his intention to draw down troop levels.

Democrats have countered that House Republicans included these war savings in the budget plan they passed earlier this year.

Reid defended his plan on the Senate floor.

He argued that all the cuts in his proposal have previously been endorsed by Republicans and would cut more than a competing plan sponsored by House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE (R-Ohio).

“Every single spending cut in the proposal has already been endorsed by Republicans,” Reid said. “The cuts have already been voted for by Republicans in both houses of Congress. In short, it’s everything the Republicans have demanded wrapped up in a bow and delivered to their door.”

Watch McConnell below.