Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., accused Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, of repeatedly trying to "screw" New York.
"From Sandy aid to tax reform @MickMulvaneyOMB tries to screw New York. Probably feels inferior because New York subsidizes his state of South Carolina," King tweeted Tuesday evening.
From Sandy aid to tax reform @MickMulvaneyOMB tries to screw New York. Probably feels inferior because New York subsidizes his state of South Carolina.— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) November 15, 2017
King appeared to be reacting to comments Mulvaney made earlier in the day about the Republican tax reform plan, supported by the White House, making its way through the U.S. Congress.
Mulvaney had told reporters that high-tax states like New York are putting an undue burden on other states like South Carolina, part of which Mulvaney used to represent as a congressman, through tax deductions that the tax reform plan aims to pare back.
"Whose fault is that?", he said when asked about the possibility that the result would be wealthy New Yorkers would bail, leaving lower-income earners to pay more taxes, according to Buffalo News. "Is it the federal government's fault that New York taxes are so high that they're driving people out of the state?"
"I don't think it's up to the federal government to save New York from its bad decisions," he added. Mulvaney also pushed for a failed amendment to cut some domestic spending projects to offset costs for the aid package designed to help Northeastern states impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, even though past aid packages, including those that assisted some Southern states, had no such requirements. Mulvaney argued at the time he was concerned about the trillions of dollars in national debt.
Mulvaney's comments Tuesday also elicited criticism from New York's Democratic side.
"Sadly, Mr. Mulvaney is using backward logic and fake math to try to hide the fact that the scheme he is promoting will raise taxes on so many middle-class New Yorkers, deflate housing values and lavish unwarranted rewards on the wealthiest Americans and large corporations," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Republicans from high-tax states like New Jersey and California have also come out against the tax reform effort, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to Politico.