Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued Wednesday the previous night's election results, which saw Democratic victories almost across the board, should stop the Republican tax reform in their tracks and they should finally work on a bipartisan basis.
"The election results should be a stop sign for Republican efforts to pass their tax bill," Schumer said, citing "suburban communities" as a problem spot for Republicans in the elections and their push to eliminate the state and local tax deduction, which affect many in higher income states.
"The election last night should be a warning to the Republicans to turn back and work with us on a bipartisan bill instead of pushing a bill that, because it's on a partisan basis, has no choice but to really do real harm, particularly to suburban Americans," Schumer continued.
"As Clint Eastwood says, 'make our day,'" Schumer warned. "Pass this bill that is so bad for the suburbs and you are helping Democrats. We would rather them not pass it. We would rather them not do bad for their constituents. But we're certainly going to make sure if they don't that everybody knows about it."
Schumer made the remarks to reporters while flanked by Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Mark Warner, D-Va., who were still celebrating the Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's 9-point victory over Republican Ed Gillespie.
Northam ran up large margins in suburban areas, particularly in Fairfax County and Loudoun County.
Kaine agreed Republicans should rethink their tax reform push due to the results because Gillespie's promise to cut taxes was not as effective of an economic message as Northam's call to save healthcare for voters.
"We just had a trial run on if a tax cut proposal was appealing in a battleground state, and the answer was 'no,'" Kaine said. "Especially when compared with something like taking folks' healthcare away."