Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday said that 2017 has been "the best year for conservatives" in the last 30 years that he’s been in Washington.
Citing tax reform and the economy, “2017 was the best year for conservatives in the 30 years that I’ve been here. The best year, on all fronts,” said McConnell. “And a lot of people are shocked. Because we didn’t know what we were getting with Donald Trump. He was doing fundraisers for [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer three or four years ago. But this has turned out to be a very solid, conservative, right-of-center, pro-business administration. And we’re seeing the results of it.”
He said that Democrats are probably deeply regretting not working with Republicans on tax reform given how American businesses have begun sharing their tax benefits with their employees in wage increases, bonuses, and investments.
On whether he thinks Congress will be able to reach a deal on immigration, McConnell replied, “I think there are some Democrats who will not want to cooperate at all on anything Donald Trump is for.”
He said that may also be true on infrastructure, an issue both sides have much to agree on, but the most recent government shutdown gave him hope:
“They showed their divisions the weekend of the government shutdown,” said McConnell. “I think that has revealed a group of reasonable Democrats who want to work together and to make progress for the American people in 2018.”
“We’re going to have to work together and I think we can do that,” he said.
The Senate Majority Leader’s remarks come ahead of the President’s first State of the Union address Tuesday night, where Trump is expected to discuss jobs and the economy, immigration, and infrastructure among other issues.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill face a Feb. 8 deadline to again pass a spending bill and reach an agreement on the 1.8 million illegal immigrants who qualify or receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program benefits.
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