WASHINGTON – Democrats on Monday happily amplified Sen. Marco Rubio's comment that "there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker."
"A little louder for those in the back, Senator Rubio," said an email from Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
"We couldn't have said it any better ourselves," said the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Meantime, prominent GOP groups expressed dismay about Rubio's remarks.
Rubio voted for the bill but at the time contended that that it was tipped to much toward corporations, as he argued for and secured a more generous child tax credit. But his comments to the Economist were more blunt.
"There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they're going to take the money they're saving and reinvest it in American workers," Rubio said in a sit-down interview. "In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker."
Rubio's spokeswoman said Monday that he "pushed for a better balance in the tax law between tax cuts for big businesses and families, as he's done for years. As he said when the tax law passed, cutting the corporate tax rate will make America a more competitive place to do business, but he tried to balance that with an even larger child tax credit for working Americans."
Grover Norquist's group weighed in with a list of Florida companies that have given out bonuses and raises: