Washington (CNN) – GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said he's calling a fellow senator's bluff.
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said that he is ready to revisit President Barack Obama's jobs bill because Senate Democrats "have figured out a new way to pay for it," DeMint not only scoffed at the new proposal, but also the idea that Democrats widely support it.
"I think they're bluffing," DeMint said to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Reid said on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the new plan would include a 5% tax increase on those making more than $1 million "to fund job creation and ensure the country's economic success."
But DeMint argued the premise behind the payment strategy for the America Jobs Act - that there is "this permanent class of rich people in America" who would be able to endure the proposed 5% tax increase - is not sustainable. He expressed concern that the tax would burden job-creators.
In addition to being against the jobs bill and the new payment strategy, DeMint said he's not buying that there is much support among Senate Democrats, saying on CNN's "John King, USA" that "this is probably a nonstarter with a lot of Democrats."
Several Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday expressed their support for the plan, while Republican leaders said they would work to block any tax increases.