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Senate Majority Leader McConnell is demanding that any budget be “revenue neutral.”

It’s not that supporting deficit spending is desirable, but the double standard that is being shown. Apparently, Senate Majority Leader McConnell is willing to give Democrats a pass, but not Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that any tax overhaul can’t add to the growing U.S. budget deficit, a position that places him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has called for a significant tax cut.

McConnell said in an interview Tuesday with Bloomberg News that the nation’s “alarming” debt requires an approach that would balance tax cuts with new sources of revenue to avoid changing overall government receipts.

“It will have to be revenue-neutral,” he said. “We have a $21 trillion debt.”

The senator seems to have just now discovered this.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, didn’t commit to completing tax legislation this year, but said he and other congressional leaders have begun regular meetings with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, on potential legislation.

This is precisely what infuriates people. McConnell won’t say if or when he’ll get tax legislation done, but he can assure us that he will hold several meetings. Obviously, this is not leadership but abdication of responsibility.

The lack of Democratic support for a GOP tax package will require Republicans to use budget rules that require revenue neutrality in exchange for pushing through permanent tax changes with only 50 votes, McConnell said. The GOP controls only 52 of the chamber’s 100 seats.

This tax reform project touches on so many areas that it is understandable that getting a consensus will not be easy. But that is McConnell’s and Ryan’s job. If they cannot do it, the Republicans need to remove them and replace them with those who will.

“My goal is to try to get to 50 votes,” McConnell said.

Wrong, McConnell, you already have 52 votes. Your job is now to lead. That means bringing these people together and proving to the American people that you can do your job and pass the tax bill. If you cannot get the votes, at least step aside and let someone who can take the leadership roll.

Republicans need to learn how to play hardball. If a RINO such as McCain doesn’t want to get on board, remove him from his chairmanship.