Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared 2017 to be a year of "extraordinary accomplishment" by Republicans capped off by the tax bill that will soon be signed into law by President Trump.
"This had been a year of extraordinary accomplishment by any objective standard," McConnell said during his year-end press conference at the Capitol.
The longtime Kentucky Republican pointed to the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, noting that he will likely be on the court for a generation, and the confirmation of 12 judges to the circuit courts — which he said was the most by the first year of any administration.
McConnell also spoke extensively about the tax bill and said it was unfortunate that it did not garner any Democratic support. He said he did not anticipate that Democrats would be interested in crafting a bill after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sent him a letter on behalf of all but three of the Senate Democrats listing their demands for a bill.
"Whatever faint hope I had faded," McConnell said of the letter before continuing to laud the past year for Republicans.
"I feel very good about this year," McConnell said. "I think we've made a difference for the country in beginning to move it right of center, which was the opportunity presented to us by the American people."