King Blasts GOP Leaders Over Tax Bill Process

Dec 1, 2017

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says the process to pass a massive overhaul of the federal tax code is the worst he's ever seen.

During an interview with MSNBC Friday, King reiterated statements he made from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the proposal is too big and too consequential to be rushed.

"The Bangor City Council wouldn't amend the leash law using this process," he said.

King criticized GOP leaders for writing the tax bill in secret and for not holding a single hearing to vet the proposal.

He also cited a new analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation that says the overhaul will add $1 trillion to the federal deficit while producing 0.8 percent of GDP growth.

King cracked that "a few good summers" could produce similar growth without adding to the deficit.