McConnell: White House proposal 'laughable' and no behind-the-scenes movement on fiscal cliff

12/01/2012 02:05 PM

FLORENCE — The spending and tax proposal delivered to Capitol Hill by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was “laughable,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told Pure Politics on Friday.

McConnell was being literal. According to the Weekly Standard, McConnell burst into laughter after Geithner outlined a plan with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over the next decade.

After speaking to Republicans at a Northern Kentucky dinner Friday night, McConnell said “nothing is going to happen until the president gets serious.”

He said there hasn’t been any behind-the-scenes movement toward a deal that would avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and expiring tax cuts. Here’s what he said:

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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