ICYMI: McConnell on The Guy Benson Show and Special Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Guy Benson this afternoon on Fox News Radio’s ‘The Guy Benson Show’ and Bret Baier on Fox News’ ‘Special Report’ this afternoon. See below for highlights or click here and here for the full interviews.

On Democrats’ Reckless Taxing and Spending Spree:

“Joe Manchin went back on everything he had been saying publicaly about what he would not do. [The Democrats] stuck this phony label on this Manchin deal, calling it an Inflation Bill. It has zero impact on inflation long-term and actually increases inflation over the next two years. He insisted that it reduce the deficit and we just got a CBO score saying it actually increases the deficit over the next five years. The key to getting their act together was to get Manchin back on board and he ended up signing off on a bill that basically goes against almost everything he had said both publically and to us on the floor of the Senate. $300 billion new taxes on American jobs, particularly falling hard on American manufactures, catalog tax hikes and green boondoggles that Democrats have wanted for years, they just stuck a new name on it. 80,000 new IRS agents to go after middle class families and small business…

“He’s saying no to tax rate increases, but what they have done is shift the burden to people who actually pay the taxes by eliminating some of the legitimate preferences, particularly that manufactures have. So the question is, where does the tax burden go? It’s playing with language. The fact of the matter is, [this] will add $300 billion of new tax burdens, in other words, people who actually pay it, on American jobs.

“Joe, in the end, got there on the $1.9 trillion so called rescue package last year that created 40 year inflation. And now that we are, by definition, in the middle of a recession they want to raise taxes. That’s the one thing you don’t do in the middle of a recession.”   

On Speaker Pelosi’s Trip to Taiwan:

“I think she did the right thing. Not something I would routinely be saying about the Speaker, but I think she did the right thing. I don’t think the Chinese ought to be able to dictate who visits Taiwan. I’m glad she went, I think it was important for her to do it. That’s another way we push back against Xi. The other way is to beat the Russians in Ukraine because the Prime Minister of Japan said, if you want to send Xi a message, beat Putin in Ukraine.”

On the Ongoing Kentucky Floods:

“It’s the worst we’ve ever had. It’s been a tough year in Kentucky. We had tornadoes in Western Kentucky back in December and now this. There are four or five counties in the heart of Appalachia where we have upwards of 30 or more people killed. We’re still finding bodies. It’s been an unmitigated disaster…We’ll get past this but it’s been a horrendous problem.”

On Today’s Overwhelming Vote in Support for NATO:

“The NATO alliance is the most successful military alliance in world history. The way to prevent Americans from having to actively get involved in combat is to prevent it in the first place. That is what NATO is about. It won the Cold War without firing a single shot. Putin has succeeded not only in expanding NATO, but making it even more effective as a deterrent. Remember Reagan said, ‘peace through strength’, and that's what NATO is all about and that's why Finland and Sweden add a lot to NATO.”