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McConnell Tells NYT: 'I Misspoke' on Middle-Class Guarantee

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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 04:35 PM

Rebutted by The New York Times analysis of the Senate GOP tax plan unveiled Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was forced to recant his claim "nobody in the middle-class is going to get a tax increase."

"I misspoke on that," McConnell told the Times on Friday. "You can't guarantee that absolutely no one sees a tax increase."

McConnell made his statement to the Times' tax and economics reporter Jim Tankersley, who tweeted McConnell's full response to the Times report headlined: "Senate Tax Bill Rewards the Rich More Than the Middle Class."

Tankersley later tweeted a confirmation "the Senate bill passes the McConnell test," weighing the tax brackets' impacts on average instead of individually, which McConnell admitted Friday is impossible to guarantee.

McConnell's original claim was made last week to MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt.

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After failing to follow the House in passing a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the Senate is also expected to mark up its current tax plan in hopes of allowing it to pass on the simple, narrow majority 52-48 held by the GOP in the Senate. Movement there has been difficult for Sen. McConnell and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon this week has called for McConnell's resignation after tax reform.

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Rebutted by The New York Times analysis of the Senate GOP tax plan unveiled Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was forced to recant his claim "nobody in the middle-class is going to get a tax increase."
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