Samantha Renck, DCNF
Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott is pushing back against Democrat tactics to weaponize his 11-point plan ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
On Tax Day, the White House compared its efforts on tax reform to Scott’s plan, which includes a provision recommending all Americans pay “some income tax” to have “skin in the game.” Scott’s plan notes that over half of Americans pay no income tax.
“The President is fighting for tax cuts for the middle class and to ensure that the super wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share,” the White House said in a press release, “while Congressional Republicans, led by Senator Scott, are proposing big tax increases on middle-class families.”
Scott’s office responded to the White House’s comments by noting the tax cuts he made and how he balanced the budget while the Florida governor.
“That the most unpopular president in recent history is spending more time lying about Senator Rick Scott’s plan than addressing the myriad crises he’s created says everything you need to know about Joe Biden and this White House,” Scott’s communications director McKinley Lewis told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement.
“Joe Biden could learn a thing or two about governing from Senator Scott who cut taxes more than 100 times and balanced the budget as Governor of Florida and is proposing common-sense solutions to rescue our country from the Democrats and their disastrous agenda,” Lewis said.
Other Democrats, including Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, are also focused on highlighting the increased income taxes included in the plan.
“It’s a Republican plan. It’s a Republican plan that folks should hear. … It’s a Republican plan put out by the chairperson of the Republican campaign committee,” Peters told The Hill. “So it’s certainly an issue that needs to be raised.”
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, it’s a billboard reminding voters that Republicans want to raise taxes on over half of all Americans. https://t.co/5p2WSYOpwG
— Senate Democrats (@dscc) April 19, 2022
Democrats are not the only ones criticizing the plan. Republican leaders, notably Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have spoken out against the plan. Scott currently serves as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“If we’re fortunate enough to have the majority next year, I’ll be the majority leader. I’ll decide, in consultation with my members, what to put on the floor,” McConnell said on March 1. “We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years.”
When asked about Sen. Rick Scott's agenda, @LeaderMcConnell: "We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years. That will not be part of the Republican Senate Majority Agenda." pic.twitter.com/XN7q9Kc6b4
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 1, 2022
“That will not be part of the Republican Senate Majority Agenda,” McConnell added.
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